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Ordered as a "Stop-gap" solution to keep the 35th "Thundercats" squadron operational, this pushed-to-the-limit F-7's features:
*Double delta wings.
*Fully glass cockpit featuring 3 Multi functional displays.
*Hands On Throttle-And-Stick or HOTAS.
*5 hardpoints (3 wet) with the Ability to Drop Laser & GPS Guided Bombs along with C-704 anti-ship missiles. AA missile's include PL-2, PL-5, PL-7, PL-8, PL-9, Magic R.550, AIM-9, PL-11 and PL-12.
*NEW WP-14C Kunlun III : 8,360 kg (82 kN) thrust giving it a top speed of Mach 2.2.
*KLJ-6F Fire control Radar with 86 km+ Range which can track 6 and engage 2 enemy aircraft.
All this improvements pushes the F-7BGI from 3rd generation to early 4th generation in terms of capability, thus being classified as a 3.5 generation aircraft, thereby becoming the most advance F-7/Mig-21 ever produced. The 14 aircraft built will serve the Thundercats till 2015 when they will be replaced with Su-27SKM and transferred to 21st reserve squadron which is currently operating former Thundercats F-7MB. The planes themselves will be eventually planned to be replaced with 5th-genaration J-31 as soon as they becomes available for export.

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