Blog contributor Vladimir Karnozov, a Moscow-based aerospace journalist, visited the Zhuhai air show this week, and files this sobering report about the new J-10 fighter.
ZHUHAI — There is anold anecdote. The optimists around the world learn English. The pessimists,Chinese. But down-to-earth study the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
I think itis time for the down-to-earth crowd to study their rifles using Chinesemanuals!
Two yearsago every important source told me, let’s wait two years and see what comes of
Noweveryone I trust says the Chinese pulled it off, and the J-10 has proven atremendously successful program.
I watchedhow the J-10 flew over Zhuhai, in 30 degree Celsius temperatures and highhumidity.
The pilotdid none of the show tricks like post-stall or tail slide or pitch-back, butturns were very tight, initial rate of turn very high. It was clear there is alot of potential in this airplane to achieve the same maneuvers more quickly.
The pilotrarely 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.
Chinesehave already completed over 100 J-10s and they have bought more Russian enginesfor next series.
I do notthink they would buy more Flankers since the J-10 is as good as the Flanker, tosay the least.
Chinesemilitary said “no” to local engine makers and “no” to local makers of some keysystems, instead buying these critical items directly from
As forAWACS support, it is present with 4 A-50 equipped with KJ-2000 radars and itseems the Chinese have bought a special version of the Ka-31, although verymuch different from the Indian navy version. Apparently with a new radar.
If propertactics are used, the PLAAF can beat Taiwanese opponents in conventional airwar. Unless the
(Photos: Vladimir Karnozov)