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The fixed weapon on the J-10 is a 23mm internal cannon. The aircraft also has 11 stores stations - six under the wing and five under the fuselage. The inner wing and centre fuselage stations are plumped to carry external fuel tanks. Fixed weapon is a 23-mm inner cannon hidden inside fuselage.
In addition to the PL-8 short-range infrared-guided air-to-air missile reportedly derived from Israeli Rafael Python-3 technology, the J-10 could also carry Russian Vympel R-73 (AA-11) short-range and R-77 (AA-12) medium-range missiles equipped by Chinese Flankers. It may also be fitted with indigenously developed PL-11 or PL-12 medium-range AAM for BVR combat.
And I was pretty sure that ROC employs the MICA-EM on its Mirage 2000-5 fighters. If not, can you tell me what they are under this one:
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Originally posted by planemanRe the TVC, any proof?
"First batch of AL-31FN engines delivered to China
Nikolai Novichkov JDW Correspondent
The first batch of Russian AL-31FN vectored-thrust engines has been delivered to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force for its J-10 fighter aircraft, an industry source has told JDW.
The second batch of engines will be delivered before the end of 2005 while the entire contract for the supply of 100 AL-31FN engines is due to be fulfilled in the third quarter of 2006."
The J-10 has succeeded due to PLA access to Israeli/U.S. and Russian technology. While stemming from the Chengdu J-9 canard fighter program, starting in the early 1990s the J-10 was greatly influenced by Israeli Aircraft Industry’s LAVI (Young Lion) fighter, which in turn benefited enormously from U.S. technology and U.S. taxpayer funding for 40 to 90 percent of its $1.5 billion development cost. The Grumman Corporation was the main subcontractor for the wing and tail and the engine was a U.S.-built Pratt-Whitney PW 1120. The LAVI exhibits broad similarities, including size, to the General Dynamics, now Lockheed-Martin F-16. The PLA is reported to have obtained a F-16A from Pakistan in the early 1990s to assist its fighter programs. A Russian source who visited Chengdu in the early 1990s attested to evidence of Israeli assistance in the J-10 assembly area. One list of possible Israeli systems reported to have been sold to the PLA to support the J-10 include:
Elta EL/M-2035 Multi-Mode Pulse Doppler Radar (or EL/M-2032 derivative)
Elta/Elisra EW System (possible)
Lear Siegler/MBT Flight Control System: (unknown)
Elta ARC-740 UHF radio system: (unknown)
IAI Tamam INS (Inertial navigation system): (transferred)
Elbit SMS-86 Stores Management System: (unknown)
Sale of the EL/M-2035 radar has been oft reported as has been probable Israeli assistance with the J-10’s fly-by-wire system. Both systems would have constituted clear advances for the PLA. The EL/M-2035, though developed in the mid to late 1980s, was a remarkably modern multi-mode, anti-air and ground-attack, radar for its time. Digital fly-by-wire technology was also sought after by the PLA to support the development of 4th generation fighters. In the early 1990s the Chengdu CW-1 and the Shenyang J-8IIACT were produced to test experimental fly-by-wire systems. U.S.-origin technology in the J-10 may include avionics, advanced composite materials and flight control specification. Fly-by-wire technology may have been shared as well. Composite technology developed by Grumman for the Lavi’s wing might have been another technology of interest to the PLA.
From Russia Chengdu received additional design assistance and access to a Aluyka-Saturn turbofan with a repositioned gearbox, designated AL-31FN. There were reports in 2001 that the PLA ordered 300 AL-3IFNs for the J-10. ...Nevertheless, Saturn is marketing an uprated version of the AL-31 with a thrust-vectoring nozzle, which is also directed at the J-10.
Originally posted by planeman
The SD-10 range is equally dubious IMO.
And I write the articles and commission the illustrations. I use the basic article format.