| Shenyang Jian-8IIB "Finback"|
|Class||Air Superiority Fighter|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Fuel Capacity||5500 L|
|Type||Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|Autocannon||Twin Type 23 (23mm)|
The Shenyang J-8IIB (NATO reporting name FINBACK) is a twin-engine, single-seat, supersonic interceptor. It is part of a new generation of the J-8 design, originally intended to intercept high-altitude/high-speed threat aircraft. The J-8II was first flown in 1984, and featured a revised nose and air inlet section, similar in appearance to that used on the MiG-23. The J-8IIB is an improved variant of the J-8II and features a pulse-doppler radar, new WP-13AII engines, an internal 23mm cannon and compatibility with up to four PL-5 or PL-8 missiles. It first flew in 1989 and was introduced into Chinese arsenals shortly after.
The Shenyang J-8IIB is a relatively inexpensive air superiority fighter available to Chinese and Red Dragon decks. It is armed with four PL-8 AAMs and an internal 23mm cannon. The PL-8 is akin to the AIM-9L, with 50% accuracy and 50% stabilizer, but with slightly better range. The J-8IIB is good for helicopter hunting and as an expedient interceptor with its excellent speed and long loiter time. The J-8IIB has several drawbacks; its ECM is poor and it has no long-range missiles, leaving the type vulnerable to both SAMs and AAMs, and forcing it to close through multiple firing envelopes as it approaches its target. Nevertheless, at 80 points per aircraft, these drawbacks are not prohibitive, and with good timing and tactics, the J-8IIB can be used to cause excellent damage to a foe's helicopter or bomber force for an affordable price.