Pakistan all set to induct J-10C fighter jets in 2022. Here’s what we know so far
Here's what we know so far!
According to reports, Pakistan Air Force is all set to make Pakistan’s airspace invincible by inducting the J-10C fighter jets next year.
When did Pakistan first come in contact with J-10C?
Due to their close military ties, Pakistan and China hold Joint Air Exercises every year. Pakistan hosted the first such drill in March 2011. Both sides conduct these joint exercises to learn combat capabilities from each other. Air forces from both sides focus on large-scale confrontation, including large-scale aerial battles and the use of forces in mass and close-quarters aerial support.
Pakistan first came in contact with the fighter jet in the Pakistan-China joint exercise Shaheen. During the successful ninth joint air exercise, Pakistan sent warplanes, including the Jf-17 and Mirage III fighter jets. Meanwhile, China sent the J-10C, J-11B fighter jets, KJ-500 early warning aircraft, and Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft. The J-10C hit all targets successfully during the exercise.
Why are J-10C fighter jets regarded so highly?
The Chinese made J-10C a modern single-engine delta wings fighter jet, which can identify multiple targets simultaneously. Moreover, it is equipped with PL-15 missiles that can hit targets up to 200 km. Furthermore, as per reports, the single-engine tail-less canard delta wing J-10C features fly-by-wire flight controls and an AESA fire control radar. The fighter jet is made of composite materials for high strength and lower weight. The J-10C’s internal armament consists of a Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 twin-barrel cannon located underneath the port side of the intake. All these properties make J-10C a killer machine that is regarded highly.
Interestingly, many aspects of the J-10C mid-sized fighter jet, including the size, aerodynamic characteristics, aviation land weapon systems, and overall combat capability, are comparable to the France-made Rafale, a type of fighter jet in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
About the twin-jet fighter aircraft Rafale
The Rafale is a twin-jet fighter aircraft that operates from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base. The versatile Rafale can carry out all combat aviation missions, including air superiority and air defense, close air support, in-depth strikes, reconnaissance, anti-ship strikes, and nuclear deterrence.
France and India’s Rafale deal
The Indian government signed a defense deal with French aviation company Dassault to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in 2015. According to the latest reports, France will have delivered a total of 35 Omni-role Rafale fighters to India by the end of 2021.
The deal came as IAF reported facing an acute shortage of aircraft, as most of the in-service fighters will retire soon. Moreover, the existing MiG-21s have been prone to accidents; 482 out of 872 MiG-21s procured crashed between 1971 and April 2012 — a loss of 12 jets each year. Sources believe that after repeated upgrades, the MiG-21s, MiG-23, and MiG-27 will be phased out from 2022 onwards.
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