Who Cares About the J-20 or J-31 Stealth Fighters: This Chinese Jet Is a Killer
The single-engine, single-seat J-10, a product of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group in southwestern China, first flew in 1998 and entered front-line service in 2003. Featuring a tailless delta wing and canards, the 51-feet-long J-10 externally is similar to the defunct Israeli Lavi fighter, although there's no proof that Beijing deliberately copied the Israeli design.
Important: Beijing is continuing to improve the J-10 even as it develops the J-20 and other new fighter types. At the biennial air show in Zhuhai in early November 2018, a J-10B fitted with a thrust-vectoring engine novel demonstrated extreme maneuverability.
While observers focus their attention on China's new J-20 stealth fighter, the Chinese air force steadily is improving and building more copies of an only slightly less sophisticated fighter: the J-10.
Much like the U.S. Air Force with its mix of stealthy and non-stealthy fighters, the Chinese air force is developing a two-tier fighter fleet. Alongside a handful of radar-evading J-20s, Beijing is acquiring hundreds of more-conventional J-10s.
In performance and mission, the supersonic J-10 is similar to the U.S. Air Force's F-16. It's capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
In November 2018 the online magazine China Military published photos of a J-10 firing unguided rockets at a mock ground target. A separate photo from August 2018 depicted a J-10 carrying radar-homing missiles for suppressing enemy air-defense.
The 2018 edition of the Pentagon's annual report on Chinese military capabilities describes the latest J-10C variant as an "advanced fourth generation fighters armed with the latest weapons."
Despite China's rapid improvement of its fighter force, it's still smaller and less modern than is that of its main rival. In 2018 the U.S. military possessed no fewer than 2,800 fighters including more than 900 F-16s and hundreds of F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters.
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译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46869.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
tc h8 hours ago
Chinese jet brought to you by the money from American consumers that buys Chinese.
Me9 hours ago
I guess the best question to ask is...how many fighter jets has the J-10 downed?
Anonymous6 hours ago
I'm just saying, " He who laughs last laughs best!"
Wylecoyote12 hours ago
Chinese copy of the cancelled Israeli Lavi program built with help from Israel.
Ed8 hours ago
That Guy8 hours ago
hmm... looks oddly similar to the F16.. go figure
Homer8 hours ago
How come all of their jets look exactly like ours?
ariam8 hours ago
you don't need proof yahoo to know the Chinese copy everything but they cannot think outside the box all they do is copy....
张4 hours ago
Despite China's rapid improvement of its fighter force, it's still smaller and less modern than America. To achieve American achievements there is still a long way to go for Chinese.
Carbon Dioxide8 hours ago
The US has more planes but they are spread out all over the world. China does not have to worry about defending the whole world. They just has to work within the small area of interest.
Eugene8 hours ago
Every week, the National Interest, the Propaganda Branch of the Com-nist Chinese and Russia comes out with another obsolete Russian or Chinese weapon which will defeat the United States forces.....
Seaker8 hours ago
Chinese do not create - only copy.
StevenH7 hours ago
yeah, congress, more money please,LOL
Dave p8 hours ago
laser pointers will take care of it
Adam2 hours ago
China's electronic devices and materials' technology are at very low level and can not rival with American air force
Spot8 hours ago
Can't they come up with an original design of their own?
John7 hours ago
There is absolutely proof that the Chinese copied the Lavi. The Israelis sold them the plans. The Lavi was a joint American-Israeli project funded by American taxpayers, and our great “ally” sold us out.
GOOBYS2 hours ago
sold to pakistan the f16 . pakistan grouped with china to make this stolen copy.
Anonymous8 hours ago
Don't worry on the bottom of the left wing it says "made in China" . So it will be in a landfill soon
SpongeBobNoPants7 hours ago
Looks just like a Israeli Lavi. So knowing China they reversed engineered or stole the plans.
Joseph5 hours ago
Obvious F16 copy. While they build a version of that, the F35 a 5G fighter rolls out in greater numbers than their 4G version
Gary Gaunnac4 hours ago
Question to yahoo are you on the side of the Chinese move to China.
R8drfan4 hours ago
How many Chinese jets does it take to shoot down one American jet, their best against our best? During the Korean war, it was, well, they ran. We mostly fought Russian pilots.
CORDY7 hours ago
Typical Nat'l Interest BS Spin article. Of course it is their copy of US & Israeli planes, China cannot design or engineer anything on their own!!
JASON5 hours ago
why does everything china "invents" looks almost exactly like something we built 50 years ago?
Z7 hours ago
Made in China, for sale at Walmart, lol
John C5 minutes ago
Easy to see the F16 similarities
Russ Lightfoot59 minutes ago
Hmm! Chinese jets=Never proven in combat
NothingToLose3 hours ago
Until it gets into a real fight, this is fake news
Joseph2 hours ago
LoL they stole the F16 blueprints and think their version is better , Ill put my money on the F16
G D6 hours ago
I bet this jet does no better than my Chinese made cell phone !
bnjmn8 hours ago
Chinese Jet that looks like a F15 replica.
Tod G51 minutes ago
If its anything like other chinese made goods, it wont last too long. Probably falls apart on landing.
jim8 hours ago
Is that a F16?
little bit11 minutes ago
They just easily landed on the moon,, I would be learning Chinese if I was younger...