The main advantage i see in the J-10 is the long run. Lower running cost and lower armament cost.
While capability wise the F-16 is the better fighter but it'll be even later on when the J-10 airframe matures. So both of these would be even
capability in the future depending on weapons fit or if the F-16 recieves a new engine or new upgrades and what not.
But to weapons. I heard a AIM-120 cost 1million a missile and its just going to get more expensive with new advanced versions like ram jet and new
advanced seekers. While there is no denying that a missile will cost a lot but you cant deny chinese missiles will be less expensive and more
attractive with the possibility of a production run in pakistan which in theory could give them the ability to control their own cost and give a boost
to their economy. Just like the FC-1 i would think that a production line would be built in pakistan if something like 100 planes would be built
giving jobs and experience to pakistanis economy
Now what does pakistan need first and foremost?.
While it would need actual planes and any sanctions from america would be crippling for such a large force and a force which were meant to be the tip
of your spear having to be ground because of sanctions for whatever you did. I never heard of china putting sanctions on any of its buyers so i would
have to say it would have to be china which can deiliver
While i would have to say a air superioty fighter which the J-10 at the momment is configured most for while the F-16 offers better A2G capability it
wouldn't really matter if you had better bombing capability you still need to win air superioty and i think the J-10 would win in this scenario
because of its better design(VWR) and i would have to say thrust to weight ratio after the AL-31FM-1 engines are installed. And the J-10 does have
limited capability like LGB and un-confirmed TVGB capabilities. But does the F-16 offer guided misssile capability? Anti-ship missiles?. Its true that
the J-10 thus far does not offer this but when it does it will be more useful considering china has a lead in Anti-ship missiles over america
Im just wondering what the J-10 will feature considering its bigger and the PLAAFs pride and joy. Maybe five MFDs?. Because if it doesn't pack heat
then buy some of these FC-1s because their looking good
J-10s also might have it spilt between two cockpits where the first one might only have a confriguration like this but the back seat might be
dedicated towards ground strike and guidence. JL-10A radar would be a nice addition. In the future the J-10 might be spilt into two version like the
F-16A/B. The F-16 in the US airforce fills the role of ground attack while the F-15 is air superioty. While in the pakistani airforce its a air
superioty fighter. The F-16 block 60s hold more fuel than a F-15(internal fuel) and its possible that the J-10 could hold as much fuel as a Su-30 plus
adding the three drop tanks. which could make it into a long range patrol. Maybe even twin share where the F-16 which has better A2G could do the
ground work while the FC-1 and J-10 does air superioty. FC-1 could be used as a good air interceptor combined with AWACS control
Cockpit wise i would have to say equal to the F-16 block 60 in design with a FC-1 with its very similar layout and full glass cockpit
Im just wondering what the J-10 will feature considering its bigger and the PLAAFs pride and joy. Maybe five MFDs?
Any electric gear and radar goes to the F-16 hands down. ECM Data-links the works all belong to the F-16 if we are comparing fighters at this momment.
But as the saying goes the turtle won the race or so the story goes
Radar wise the F-16 block 52 is in another generation while the J-10 is being tested with a mecahnically scanned phassed array while a ESA is in
development. Passive or active i dont know. But the J-10s mechamical radar offers enough range or BVR with 120km detection or track and has the
ability to engage 2-4 fighters. And a more powerful radar is not as useful with these shorter range missiles which does not yet make enough use of the
In my opinion,
Pakistan should go for the F-16 just because they need the capabilities now and cannot wait for the J-10 to mature. While all these J-10 rumours sound
to BS to be true.
But if a scenario happens where there is the option to buy the J-10 the stumbling blocks would be
- to a extent. it could be modifled to be fitted with thw WS-10A which had just been finished testing and is going into production.
While the russians could be nice and jsut let them use the AL-31. But that would invoke the rage of the indians and you know how big a lap dog russia
is now days
WS10A Turbofan Engine was formally design certificated and named “ Taihang
- While the F-16 were a gift to pakistan and the US does not let gifts like this go with out a good reason. And the 40million each
fighter that pakistan will be paying for will keep the F-16 production lines open until the F-35 starts production and the on sets of lay offs etc.
It was never on the table to begin with
- I like this one the most. Some people going to far.
[edit on 26-2-2006 by chinawhite]