| Welcome to Global Village Space

Thursday, May 25, 2023

J-10C vs J-16: Which ones better?

According to reports, the J-10C is significantly more powerful than the old US-made F-16 fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force and can rival the Rafale fighter jet that recently entered service with the Indian Air Force. The year 2022 will be the most significant for Pakistan Air Force as it is set to replace its aging fleet and modernize its fighter force to maintain superiority in air combat.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

After alleged images of the J-10C fighter jet with the marking of the Pakistan Air Force recently emerged on social media and were widely circulated by media outlets, Chinese analysts on Sunday lauded the latest defense cooperation between China and Pakistan, saying that the move yields great significance to both countries, in terms of boosting combat capabilities of the Pakistan military, promoting China’s aviation equipment, and responding to both countries’ security interests in the region.

The J-10C is a 4.5-generation medium-size fighter jet and is more powerful than the China-Pakistan jointly developed lightweight fighter jet, the JF-17, which is currently in service with the Pakistan Air Force,” Shi Hong, Executive Chief Editor of the Chinese magazine, Shipborne Weapons, told the Global Times on Sunday.

Read more: Indonesia buys 36 F-15 fighter jets worth $14b

Some interesting details about J-10c

The J-10C is also significantly more powerful than the old US-made F-16 fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force and can rival the Rafale fighter jet that recently entered service with the Indian Air Force.

To China, the first successful sale of the J-10 series fighter and the WS-10 series engine will further open the international market and more countries will show serious interests in Chinese aviation equipment, analysts said.

JF-17 Thunder is an advanced, lightweight, all-weather, day/night multi-role fighter aircraft; developed as a joint venture between Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra and Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) of China. It possesses excellent air-to-air and air-to-surface combat capabilities.

The state-of-the-art avionics, optimally integrated sub-systems, computerized flight controls and capability to employ the latest weapons provide a decisive advantage to JF-17 over adversaries of the same class. This all-weather, multi-role light combat fighter has remarkable high combat maneuverability at medium and low altitudes. With effective firepower, agility and combat survivability, the aircraft is likely to emerge as a potent platform for any air force.

Read more: Iraqi defence minister confirms purchase of fighter jets from Pakistan

Is JF-17 a better aircraft?

The first JF-17 prototype aircraft (called FC-1) was rolled out in May 2003. It made its first flight in August 2003. Later on, two more prototype aircraft were added for basic structure, flight qualities, performance and engine flight testing while two prototype aircraft were involved in comprehensive avionics flight testing.

The basic flight testing was completed in 2007 which also marked the arrival of JF-17 Thunder aircraft in Pakistan where it was formally presented to the nation as a Pakistan Day gift on 23 March 2007. Over the years, 03 Blocks of JF-17 including Dual seat aircraft have been produced at PAC with continuous improvement and up gradation in the Avionics suite, flight controls and weapons carrying capability. The JF-17 aircraft was formally inducted into Pakistan Air Force by replacing the aging fleet and currently, 07 Squadrons of PAF are operating JF-17 aircraft.

The avionics suite makes the JF-17 an effective weapon platform. The glass cockpit and hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) control to reduce pilot workload. Accurate navigation and weapon aiming information on the head-up display help the pilot achieve his mission effectively. The multifunction displays provide information on engine, fuel, hydraulics, electrical, flight control and environmental control system on a need-to-know basis along with basic flight and tactical information.