Pakistan set to receive 36 Chengdu J-10C jets from China in 2021
Pakistan is expected to get 36 Chengdu J-10C multirole fighters from China by the end of the year (semi-stealth, 4.5 gen).
According to reports from 2020, high-ranking government officials in Islamabad were in talks with Chinese authorities over the purchase of PL-10 and PL-15 missiles, as well as J-10 fighters that are usually compared to American F-16s.
China’s J-10C and J-11B fighters simulated India’s Rafale and Su-30 jets in mock fights during the Shaheen-9 joint air exercises in January 2021, in which both countries participated.
Beijing tried to sell its J-10C and J-11B aircraft to Pakistan whose air force showed a preference for the latest F-16 jet variant.
After Shaheen-9, a Chinese specialist told state media that several features of the J-10C mid-sized fighter jet, including as size, aerodynamic characteristics, aerodynamics, weapon systems, and overall combat potential, are comparable to the Indian Air Force’s Rafale.
The J-10C single-engine tail-less canard delta wing utilises flyby-wire flight control and sports an AESA fire control radar, powered by a Russian engine (Lyulka Saturn AL-31FN) that gives it a maximum static thrusts of roughly 123kN.
It is made of composite materials for high strength and lower weight.
China has developed a brand new engine, WS-10, to replace the Russian ones.
The aircraft’s internal armament consists of a Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 twin-barrel cannon, located underneath the port side of the intake.
Other arms and equipment can be mounted on 11 hardpoints externally, which can hold 6,000 kg of missiles and bombs, fuel drop tanks or other equipment, such as avionics pods.
Short-range air-to-air missiles like the PL-8 and PL-10, medium-range radar-guided air-to-air missiles like the PL-12 and PL-15, unguided and precision guided munitions like laser-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles like the KD-88, anti-ship missiles like the YJ-91A, and anti-radiation missiles like the YJ-91 can be mounted to J-10C.