ZHUHAI -- There is an old anecdote. The optimists around the world learn English. The pessimists, Chinese. But down-to-earth study the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
I think it is time for the down-to-earth crowd to study their rifles using Chinese manuals!
ago every important source told me, let's wait two years and see what comes of
Now everyone I trust says the Chinese pulled it off, and the J-10 has proven a tremendously successful program.
I watched how the J-10 flew over Zhuhai, in 30 degree Celsius temperatures and high humidity.
The pilot did none of the show tricks like post-stall or tail slide or pitch-back, but turns were very tight, initial rate of turn very high. It was clear there is a lot of potential in this airplane to achieve the same maneuvers more quickly.
The pilot rarely used afterburner and the degrees of canard deflection were small. Still, the airplane flew very well. I reckon it will beat F-16C or MiG-29/SMT easily.
Chinese have already completed over 100 J-10s and they have bought more Russian engines for next series.
I do not think they would buy more Flankers since the J-10 is as good as the Flanker, to say the least.
military said "no" to local engine makers and "no" to local makers of some key
systems, instead buying these critical items directly from
As for AWACS support, it is present with 4 A-50 equipped with KJ-2000 radars and it seems the Chinese have bought a special version of the Ka-31, although very much different from the Indian navy version. Apparently with a new radar.
tactics are used, the PLAAF can beat Taiwanese opponents in conventional air
war. Unless the
(Photos: Vladimir Karnozov)