What are the consequences of Pakistan's acquisition of 25 Chinese J-10CE fighters?

It has been 13 years, since 2008, that the Pakistani authorities have been studying the possibility of acquiring a fleet of single-engine J-10 fighters from Beijing, and many rumors have announced the order as imminent on several occasions. It is now done, since they have confirmed having signed a contract to acquire 25 J-10CE, export version of the J-10C in service within the air forces of the People's Liberation Army, in order to equip two squadrons of 12 aircraft. If the amount of the contract is not mentioned, its calendar seems particularly short, since it is a question of presenting the new device during the celebrations of the day of the Republic,…

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After the J-35, it is the turn of the two-seater stealth fighter J-20B to have made its first flight

Predictably after the high-speed taxiing tests were observed, the Chinese 5th generation fighter J-20B, a two-seater version of the Chengdu aircraft, made its first flight this Friday afternoon, November 5 . The information was confirmed by some local sources relayed by Chinese social networks. The prototype, registration 2031, was even photographed during its take-off run, as shown in the main photo of the article. For a long time, the two-seater versions of fighter planes were intended for the training of pilots, and their operational transformation. But with the arrival of particularly realistic simulators, the need…

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Is China developing a new stealth fighter or drone?

In recent weeks, military aeronautical news from China has been rich to say the least, with the official presentation of the J-16D, the electronic warfare version of the Chinese fighter-bomber, as well as the confirmation of the existence of a two-seater of the J-20 heavy stealth fighter, as well as the first (observed) flight of the new Chinese 5th generation carrier-based fighter, currently designated J-35. However, it seems that Chinese engineers still have other major innovations in development, as observed by a Western satellite on October 29 during a passage over the research and development facilities of the aircraft manufacturer Chengdu, already at the origin of the hunter…

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The two-seater version of the 5th generation Chinese fighter J-20 finally unveiled

The information had been buzzing for a few days on specialized Chinese social networks, the long-awaited two-seater version of the 5th generation J-20 fighter had, it seems, carried out its first high-speed taxiing tests, a preliminary phase to the first flight tests. But the photos published then were either of very poor quality or crude photoshop montages intended to attract the curious. Yesterday, however, a first video leaving no doubt about the veracity of the thing appeared, showing a two-seater J-20 on a taxiway, confirming in passing both the existence of the device, and the state of assumed progress of the program. It's about…

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Pakistan reportedly ordered 36 J-10C fighters from Beijing

Definitely, the entry into service of the first Indian Rafales continues to provoke notable reactions at the country's borders. After the reinforcement of the Chinese defensive system near the Ladakh and Doklam plateaus, and a press campaign bordering on the ridiculous to present the superiority of Chinese planes against the new Indian machine, it is Pakistan's turn to respond, again through Beijing. Indeed, according to many Pakistani Defense-oriented information sites, the country has formalized an order for 36 J-10C single-jet fighters to replace its venerable Mirage III in attack missions, and above all…

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New Chinese combat planes and helicopters to be unveiled soon?

As we know, the Chinese military aeronautical industry is very discreet about its development programs, and the information concerning the development of new aircraft is most often fragmented, and largely subject to interpretation. It is thus that we still do not know if and when the electronic warfare versions of the J-15 and J-16 fighter bombers, designated respectively J-15D and J-16D, and intended to be the equivalent of the EA-18G Growler American, will be declared operational and will join the squadrons of the Chinese air and naval forces. Likewise, while many factors seem to indicate that the 5th generation FC-31 fighter, in its modified version, will be the next carrier-based fighter to…

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China presents the first combat drone dedicated to close air support

On the occasion of the Nanchang Airshow 2020, the Chinese aeronautical group Chengdu presented a new version of its MALE Wing Loong drone, dedicated to close air support missions. Unlike the other versions, the Wing Loong -10 has two characteristics making it particularly suitable for this type of mission. First, the drone saw its piston engine and propeller replaced by a ZF850 turbojet developing 1 ton of thrust, giving it a higher cruising speed and reduced fuel consumption at high altitude. Thus, the device sees its transit times between its departure base and its zone…

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Chinese GAIC FTC-2000G attack plane finds first customer in Southeast Asia

The information was revealed by the Chinese press and confirmed by representatives of GAIC (Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation) and the Chinese Ministry of Defense: the FTC-2000G combat aircraft has found a first export customer less than a year and a half after its first flight. The contract was reportedly signed in January, and covers an unknown number of devices. Moreover, the identity of the launch customer for this small two-seater fighter also remains secret for the moment, even if Burma appears at the top of the predictions. According to the information disclosed, we only know that the client is located in Southeast Asia, and that…

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JF-17 Block III in Pakistan vs F-21 in India: towards an opposition between light fighters?

Just a year ago, a new limited military confrontation opposed India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region. On February 27, 209, exchanges of fire then took place between the fighter-bombers of the two countries. Pakistan then announces that its F-16s and some JF-17 light fighters have engaged and destroyed two Indian fighters, while New Delhi only confirms the loss of one of its old MiG-21s and the destruction in return of an F -16 Pakistanis. If the actual details of this commitment are still unclear for the general public, it nevertheless emerges that the Indian Air Force (IAF) like the…

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Modern Chinese fighter planes

At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s, the Chinese air forces were equipped for the most part with locally-made aircraft with performances much lower than those of Western aircraft such as the F15, F16, F18 or Mirage 2000, or Soviets like the Mig 29 or the Su27. Chinese industry could then only produce devices that were at least one generation behind with regard to the technological standard of the moment. In the space of a generation, Chinese-made aircraft displaying performance comparable to the most modern aircraft in service in the American or European air forces have come into use.

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