SaiK wrote:China's F-16: Meet the J-10 Fighter (Possibly Thanks to Israel)
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ ... rael-48727
Yup, Israel is another major conduit to Cheen along with the usual suspects mentioned above (France, Germany, Japan, SoKo, Taiwan and the US itself.)
The greatest coup in this affair was our swooping in to grab the Phalcon -- which had been developed for the Il-76 platform with chini money -- when the US blocked Israel from selling it to the PRC.
Austin wrote:I think J-10 will in next decade become a key fighter for PAF likely replacing the Mirage and other types .......... Quite a mature program by now in different variant and something PAF would be able to afford along with cheaper JF-17 that would the main stay.
Plus a squadron of J-31 beyond 2035 just to be on equal equal with IAF 5th gen program.
Austin ji, the J-10 is an old friend of mine. He was an easy punching bag two decades ago when he was our main rival to the LCA. In those days, there were very few pictures and the 50-centers had nothing but photoshops and drawings. I started calling the J-10 vaporware which gained a lot of traction in those days. It drove them crazy. lol
I always did like the J-10 (once I started seeing it in real pictures.) It had that Western elegance to it. Not russki at all like the rest of the J's.
I really despise the JF-17 being hyphened with Tejas. For me, the J-10 and its Lavi heritage, was the original -- and proper -- rival.
The Paki AMCA program is called AZM which as you mention will likely be a squadron of FC-31s (FC instead of "J" because it must be a mil project to receive the J moniker.) But re-painted in green.