Specifications for the
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
Ground Attack / Close-Air Support Aircraft
Focus Model: Nanchang A-5C (Fantan)
Country of Origin: China
Manufacturer: Nanchang - China
Initial Year of Service: 1970
Length: 51.35 ft (15.65 m)
Width: 31.76 ft (9.68 m)
Height: 14.21ft (4.33 m)
Weight (Empty): 14,054 lb (6,375 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 26,081 lb (11,830 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Shenyang WP6 turbojet engines developing 7,165lbs of thrust each with afterburner.
Maximum Speed: 739 mph (1,190kmh; 643 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,243 miles (2,000km)
Service Ceiling: 54,134 ft (16,500 m; 10.3 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 20,275 feet-per-minute (6,180 m/min)
Hardpoints: 6 to 10
2 x 23mm NORINCO Type 23-2K cannons in wing roots.
Up to 4,400lbs of stores (external or internal depending on model) including nuclear-tipped, homing air-to-air missiles, guided and conventional drop bombs, rocket pods (unguided) and torpedoes (PLA Navy version).
Qiangjiji-5 - Initial Project Designation under Shenyang.
Q-5 - Initial Production Form; six weapon hardpoints; limited-production nuclear-capable and maritime strike versions also completed.
Q-5I - Based on Q-5A production model; sans internal weapons bay in favor of internal fuel storage; improved operational ranges.
Q-5IA - Revised weapons sight; revised navigation suite; laser rangefinder installed.
Q-5II - PLA Navy Variant; Radar Warning Receiver installed; all new laser rangefinder; revised weapon sight device; redesigned nose section and raised cockpit; improved navigation.
Q-5III - Upgraded Q-5II; Chinese-based inertial navigation system and HUD; export only model.
Q-5IV - Modernized Q-5; twin digital computer processing; new RWR, HUD and laser rangefinder.
Q-5A - Eight weapon hardpoints; air-to-air missile support.
Q-5D (Q-5D) - Dedicated ELINT variant.
Q-5E - Based on the Q-5IV model; laser-guided munitions capability.
Q-5F - Based on the Q-5E; improved GPS navigation; self-designation of targets.
Q-5J - Two-Seat Variant; for training or Forward Air Control.
Q-5K "Kong Yun" - Proposed Chinese-French upgrade; cancelled.
Q-5M - Proposed Chinese-Italian upgrade for export; cancelled.
Q-5D (Hongdu) - Dedicated attack model headed up by Hongdu concern; improved targeting capabilities and cockpit functionality.
A-5 - Export Models to North Korea
A-5B - Export Models to Myanmar
A-5C - Export Models to Bangladesh and Pakistan; fitting Western systems.
A-5D - Abandoned Export Model
A-5K - Abandoned Export Model; French (Thompson-CSF) avionics in redesigned chisel-shaped nose.
A-5M - Abandoned Export Model; Italian (Aeritalia) avionics in redesigned nose.
Bangladesh; China; North Korea; Pakistan; Mayanmar