Pakistani authorities had been studying the possibility of acquiring a fleet of single-engine J-13 fighter jets from Beijing for 2008 years since 10, and numerous rumors have announced the order as imminent on several occasions. It is now things done, since they confirmed having signed a contract to acquire 25 J-10CE, export version of the J-10C in service with the Air Force of the People's Liberation Army, to equip two squadrons of 12 aircraft. If the amount of the contract is not mentioned, its schedule seems particularly short, since it is a question of presenting the new device during the celebrations of the Day of the Republic, March 23, one of the two national holidays. of the country, hypothesis accredited by observations on the production site of the Chengdu aircraft manufacturer which manufactures the Chinese fighter. Beyond the traditional questions of posture in the Indo-Pakistani opposition, the arrival of these hunters will significantly upset the balance of forces in this region of the world already marked by significant tensions between nuclear powers.
A response to the arrival of the Indian Rafale
There is no doubt, and this is moreover openly announced by the Pakistani authorities themselves, that the acquisition of these 25 fighters for the Pakistani air force constitutes a response to the entry into service of the 36 Rafale aircraft acquired by India to France. Indeed, the Chinese fighter has many characteristics which, without equaling the performance of the French aircraft, make it a much more serious adversary than the F-16 and JF-17 currently serving with the Pakistan Air Force. In addition to its AESA radar, the J-10CE can indeed use modern munitions, such as the PL-10 infrared guided missile much more efficient than its predecessor, the PL-8, and especially the long-range missile PL-15E , export version of the PL-15, given to have a range of the order of 150 km, making a direct response to the Meteor and to the Mica / NG implemented by the Indian Rafales.
However, according to the information available in the West, the PL-15 does not equal the Meteor, since the Chinese missile was previously designed to eliminate large targets at great distance, such as tankers or radar planes, where the missile European can, for its part, take advantage of agile hunters, even at great distance. It is nonetheless true that these new missiles, served by the new aircraft, will represent a significant threat to the Indian air force facing Pakistan, in particular against the oldest aircraft of the Indian air force such as the Jaguars, or even the Indian air forces. Su-30MKI. However, if the Indian Rafales are indeed able to gain the upper hand over the Pakistani J-10CEs, and if the Mirage 2000 can compete with these devices, they are few in the Indian air force, too few many to simultaneously cover the Pakistani and Chinese fronts, leading to a significant change in the regional balance of power.
Features and performance of the J-10C
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