J-10C Vs. JF-17: Which fighter jet is better? [Comparison]

Here's everything you need to know!

 

Several fighters jets like the A-5C, J-7, Mirage III, and Mirage V have effectively guarded the aerial boundaries of Pakistan for decades. However, these jets have now been replaced by one prominent player – the JF-17 fighter jet (the Joint Fighter-17 aircraft). The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) inducted the JF-17 jets in February 2010.

According to reports, the fighter jet has been jointly developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. The JF-17 jet can perform multiple roles, including:

  • interception
  • ground attack
  • anti-ship
  • aerial reconnaissance
  • deployment of several weapons, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, and 23 mm twin-barrel autocannon

The media couldn’t stop talking about the JF-17 aircraft in February 2019 when tensions across the Pakistan-India border escalated massively. The world expected the conflict to develop into a full-blown war between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

The PAF inducted J-10C fighter jets three years after the conflict. They were acquired from China in just eight months rather than the years that defense manufacturers usually take to deliver fighter jets such as the J-10C.

The J-10C fighter jet is a multi-role combat aircraft capable of all-weather operations. It is primarily designed for air-to-air combat, but it can also perform strike missions.

According to reports, the J-10C fighter aircraft has been developed by the CAC. An official ceremony took place in Pakistan to unveil the aircraft. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhu, Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, Defense Minister, Pervaiz Khattak, senior officials of the three forces, and members of the federal cabinet.

The country will demonstrate its military might, including the fighter jets, on the 23rd of March – the Pakistan Day Parade. During the procession, the JF-17 and the J-10C fighter jets will perform aerial maneuvers for the audience.

Here’s a detailed comparison of both the aircraft:

Basic Description

AttributesJF-17J-10C
WeightLight-weightMedium-weight
EngineSingle-engineSingle-engine
Generation4th generation4.5th generation
RoleMulti-roleMulti-role

 

General Characteristics

FeaturesJF-17J-10C
Crew1 (single-seat JF-17A) or 2 (dual-seat JF-17B)1 (single-seat)
Length47 feet55 feet 2 inches
Wingspan31 feet32 feet 2 inches
Height15 feet18 feet 8 inches
Wing area263 sq. ft.400 sq. ft.
Empty weight7,965 kg9,750 kg
Max takeoff weight13,500 kg19,277 kg
Fuel capacity5,830 kg7,380 kg
Powerplant1 x Klimov RD-93 afterburning turbofan with DEEC, 49.4 kN thrust  dry, 84.4 kN with afterburner1 x WS-10B afterburning turbofan engines, 89.17 kN thrust dry, 142 kN with afterburner

 

Performance

CharacteristicsJF-17J-10C
Maximum speedMach 1.6Mach 1.8
Stall speed150 km/h200 km/h
Combat range1,450 km2,600 km
Ferry range3,481 km2,950 km
Service ceiling55,510 feet56,000 feet
G limits+8/-3 (limited by the flight control system)+9/-3
Rate of climb59,000 ft./min.59,000 ft./min.
Thrust/weight1.071.10

 

Armament

TypeJF-17J-10C
Guns1 × 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel cannon or 1 × 30 mm GSh-30-2 twin-barrel cannon1× Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23
Hardpoints8 (2 × wingtips, 4 × under-wing, 1 × under-fuselage, 1 × under-chin) with capacity for dual ejector racks on each under-wing hardpoint11 (6× under-wing, 2× under-intake, and 3× under-fuselage) with a capacity of 5600 kg of external fuel and ordnance
Rockets90 mm unguided rocket pods
Air-to-air missilesPL-5DE

PL-9C

PL-10E

R-Darter

PL-12

PL-15E

PL-8

PL-10

PL-12

PL-15

Air-to-surface missilesCM-102

MAR-1

LD-10

Ra’ad-II

HD-1A

KD-88

YJ-91

Anti-ship missilesC-601

C-705KD

C-802AK

CM-400AKG

HD-1A

Unguided bombs250 kg Pre-fragmented bomb

Mk-82

Mk-83

Mk-84

HAFR-1/HAFR-2

RPB-1

250 kg and 500 kg Pre-fragmented bomb

 

 

Guided bombs

GBU-10

GBU-12

GBU-16

LT-2

H-2 SOW

H-4 SOW

GB-6

NORINCO GB-250A NORINCO GB-500

LS-6

GIDS Takbir

GIDS Range Extension Kit

 

Avionics

JF-17J-10C
KLJ-7-A Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Fire-Control RadarType 1473H Pulse-Doppler Fire Control Radar
ALR-67 Rader Warning Receiver (RWR)K/JDC01A Targeting Pod
S740 Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS)Type Hongguang-I Infra-Red Search and Track Pod
JZ/YD 125 IFF SystemCM-802AKG Targeting Pod for KD-88 and YJ-91
MIT-STD-1553 DatabusKG600 Electronic Countermeasure Pod
Link-17 Tactical Data LinkBlue Sky Navigation/Attack Pod

 

Variants

JF-17J-10C
JF-17A Block 1J-10A
JF-17A Block 2J-10AH
JF-17B Block 2J-10S
JF-17 Block 3J-10SH
J-10B
J-10B TVC Demonstrator
J-10C
J-10CE

 

Operators

JF-17J-10C
ChinaChina
PakistanPakistan
Myanmar
Nigeria

 

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