Pakistan is buying J10-C from China to modernize its air force to strengthen its defense. Which is much better than India’s Rafale aircraft. This news is confirmed by Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid. This aircraft is considered one of the best single engine aircraft in the world. The J10C is a single-seat, single-engine all-weather multi-role aircraft. J10C designed and manufactured by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry and the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute. It made its maiden flight on March 23, 1998. The J10c was formally added to the service in 2006. The People’s Liberation Air Force uses the aircraft. And moreover, this aircraft is still being added to its Air Force. Which shows the importance of this aircraft.
General Features Of J10C
The length of this aircraft is 16.43 meters,Width 9.75 meters and the height is 5.43 meters and the wing area is 33 meters square. This means that the aircraft is slightly larger than the JF17 in terms of size. Its empty weight is 9750 kg, load weight is 12400 kg and maximum take off weight is 19277 kg. It uses Russian made engine. This engine has been used in most of China’s J-Series aircraft besides Russian Sukhoi Aircraft. In addition,China is also using home-made engine in these aircraft. The aircraft has a range of 3200 km, a Combat range of 1250 km and a maximum speed of 2.2 Mach (2336 kms per hour). It is one of the ten fastest jets in the world.The aircraft is also capable of flying at 1800 meters.
What Weapons Can Be Installed in J10C?
It uses a 23mm Russian GSH232 barrel gun. Pakistan also uses the same gun in its JF-17 Thunder aircraft. In addition, it will have eleven hot points. All PL series like (PL-11,PL-12 and PL-15)short-range, medium-range and long-range missiles can be fitted. Air-to-surface missiles can also be fitted with missiles such as PJ9 and YJ9, as well as guided, unguided, satellite-guided and laser-guided bombs. The aircraft used electro-optical targeting system, missile approach warning system, forward-looking infrared laser, attack targeting port, and also Chinese-made SR radar with a range of 200 km.
But according to some reports, China has also increased the range of this radar. If you look at Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder Block III, the J10C is considered to be a little more advanced than the speed and range.