Role Maritime patrol amphibian/air-sea rescue
Manufacturer Harbin Aircraft Factory
First flight 3 April 1976[1]
Introduction 1986
Primary user People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force
Produced 1984-1985
Number built 7 [2]

The Harbin SH-5 (Chinese: 水轰五型; pinyin: Shuǐhōng wǔxíng; lit. 'water bomb type 5', where "水轰" is short for 水上轰炸机; Shuǐshàng hōngzhàjī; 'seaborne bomber') is a Chinese maritime patrol amphibious aircraft intended for a wide range of duties, including aerial firefighting, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and air-sea rescue (ASR). One prototype and six production aircraft have been built.

Design and development

Research to build a seaplane capable of replacing Beriev Be-6s in service was initiated by the PLANAF in 1968, with designers reassigned from "Objective 3/17", a supersonic canard-wing fighter project. The first prototype flew in 1976; further units were delivered between 1986 and 1990.


Harbin SH-5 on display at China Aviation Museum - Beijing, China
SH-5B Firefighter
One SH-5 was rebuilt for firefighting duties.[2]
However, by Chinese source,[3] there were total of 7 SH-5 were produced: 3 SH-5X Prototype, 3 Maritime patrol aircraft, and 1 SH-B Firefighter.


 People's Republic of China

Specifications (SH-5)

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide,[5] Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1988-89[6]

General characteristics

26,500 kg (58,400 lb) ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare)


312.5 kg/m2 (64 lb/sqft) at 45,000 kg (99,000 lb)
0.242 kW/kg (0.147 hp/lb) at 45,000 kg (99,000 lb)


Doppler search radar in nose radome; MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) boom extending from the tail of the fuselage

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


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