China's new fighter

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  1. comiso90

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    Who knows. It depends to a large degree on what the Russians are willing to sell to China who it should be remembered are a potential threat. Are they willing to sell the top line equipment or an export version.

    In both cases they would be behind the latest western aircraft and if the 'export' version is sold then the gap could be significant.

    The J10 is a considerable improvement on the Mig21 designs and it will be cheap to buy so I can see it selling well to smaller countries replacing say F5's and Mig 21 aircraft.

    I would as a potential purchaser be worried about reliability, spares and general support. China's track record is not impressive in this area. I would also be worried about the weight of the aircraft which seems heavy compared to its power.
     
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    I saw this just the other day and was pretty impressed. If I had to guess I'd say it definitely took some design cues from the new Eurofighter, but seeing as China has most of it's experience license-building MiGs, I wouldn't imagine it has the latest and greatest technologies aboard.
     
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    As a blatent guess I would suggest that Isreal gave some support in the design. Isreal has helped China a number of times with military equipment and it does remind me of the Lavi which was an Isreali prototype that never made it to production.
    The similarities are striking and would put it in the F16 category re capability.

    Isreal spent a lot of money developing the Lavi and I don't doubt that China would be prepared to pay a heavy price to make such a leap from Mig 21 to F16 technology.
     
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    Looks like my guess was closer than I thought. The ramifications could be huge.
    If Israel also gave the Chinese the electronics to go with the design, then you are looking at a capable aircraft equal I would guess to the F16C which is a pretty effective aircraft.

    Taking it a step further, would the USA trust Israel with the F22, I wouldn't.

    That in turn puts Israel at risk. If the Arab states buy the Typhoon which Saudi is close to ordering, then for the first time Israel faces the Arab countries who have aircraft better than their own.

    I agree this is a future scenario but one that is by no means impossible.
     
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    Good point - but even if outclassed by equipment, training and tactics will make the difference. Typhoons can be dispatched, just as any other A/C can be.
     
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    True certainly, but the IAF has basically faced the EAF and the SAF when they were flying under Russian methodology, plus better equipment.
    These days the failings of the Russian approach are well known and the EAF has trained with the USA a number of times, as have the Saudi Air Force.

    I am not saying that they are the equal of the IAF, but any reduction in the advantage of the IAF over its possible opponents has got to be bad news for Israel.

    I would certainly think long and hard before selling Isreal such a sensitive piece of equipment as an F22, even a watered down version.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    I do too, I wouldn't trust the Israeli's with such an important piece of equipment. On the J-10, I also agree with Glider which would make it about the same as the F-16C (perhaps a bit better/worse). In this case the USA (and other NATO countries) still have better aircraft from after the F-16 era such as the F-22, the Eurofighter, updated F-16's and perhaps also the F-15 and F/A-18.
     
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    I don't think that the U.S. will sell the f-22 for a number of years. I wouldn't be too keen on giving up an aircraft that achieved a 104-0 kill ratio against other American aircraft (F-18s I think) during air exercises in Alaska. The technology is too valuable.

    The Israelis have a strong air force and I don't think they will be put in too much trouble if Arab nations aquire the new Typhoon. Any disadvantage in hardware would be significantly lessened by the quality of the IDF pilots.
     
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    The emphasis nowadays is not on airframe capability, but rather on weapons, radar and systems management integration. Isreal can feasibly keep up in this arena without upgrading to stealth airframes like the F-22.

    And that is what should worry the US.
     
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    For years we've heard that one of the most tangible and useful benefits of our (American) space program has been that the R&D has fueled and accelerated technology in other sectors, both military and civilian. It will be interesting to see how The Chinese Space program influences their advancements in technology.
    Better manufacturing techniques? More advanced avionics? Quality control with very high tolerances? Metallurgy? Technology feeds technology and China is making strides away from their agrarian and manufacturing persona.
    What Teflon and Velcro will they produce?
     
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    What is a China version of Eurofighter Typhoon :)

    Bullo Loris
     
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    This all kinda reminds me of that Iranian fighter, which name i cannot remember
     
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    I'd bet quite a bit of money that the J-10 is more capable than Iran's 32-letter-word fighter.
     
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    Totally agree.
     
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    Yep, the Iranian fighter being based on the F-5 and the Chinese one being based on the F-16/Lavi concept. The F-16 is a lot better than the F-5 (which could probably still be better than the Iranian fighter) and in consequence you would suspect the J-10 is better too.
     
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    bit later, still agree with u
     
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