Russia helped China to overcome US in the area of single-engine fighters
This post was published in Politros by Sergey Matleevn. The point of view expressed in this article is authorial and do not necessarily reflect BM`s editorial stance.
BEIJING, (BM) – Thanks to Russian engines, the Chinese J-10C fighter was able to surpass the American F-16V. This is stated in the publication of the American edition of Military Watch.
Having entered service in 2017 and 2018, respectively, the American F-16V and Chinese J-10C are the two most capable light fighters in production.
The Military Watch observer notes that the weight of each fighter is about 13,000 kg. The J-10C and F-16V are equipped with similar-sized radars and are also comparable in armament.
The vast majority of fighters currently in production are equipped with two engines, which puts the J-10 and F-16 in its own class among modern single-engine fighter designs.
According to the Military Watch columnist, comparing the J-10C and the F-16V can provide valuable insight into the state of Chinese and American military aircraft, and also helps to understand which will prevail both in potential conflict and in export markets.
“The first F-16 fighters entered service in 1978, that is, the glider is now approaching 45 years,” the American publication reads.
Military Watch columnist writes: F-16V changes to the original design are relatively conservative. There are no reductions in the radar section or the use of stealth technology, and there are no improvements to the engine thrust of the F110.
The upgrade was limited to avionics, with new cockpit displays, electronic warfare systems and AESA radar.
The Military Watch observer notes that the fighter uses the same AIM-120C rocket as conventional F-16 variants. However, there is information that the F-16V can integrate extended-range AIM-120D missiles.
The first J-10 fighters entered service in 2006, while the design relied on new technologies developed since the 1970s to provide a leading single-engine platform.
The fighter was slightly lighter than the F-16. In addition, the Chinese fighter had higher flight performance, with a more powerful AL-31 engine exceeding the capabilities of the American F110.
“The Russian engine gave the J-10 a higher speed and working height, as well as excellent maneuverability,” said a columnist for the American publication.
The powerful engine and lightness of the fighter increase the advantage in the maneuverability of the J-10. Browser Military Watch believes that there is not a single area in which the F-16 could boast superior capabilities over a competitor from China.
Not only is the J-10 design more advanced, but the J-10C has received comprehensive improvements over the original design, unlike the F-16V.
Modernization of the J-10C includes reducing the radar cross section, the use of subtle coatings, the wider use of composite materials, the new more powerful AESA radar and the integration of air-to-air missiles PL-15.
“Ultimately, the superiority of the J-10C is overwhelming,” the publication said.
The discrepancy in the capabilities of American and Chinese single-engine fighters is reflected in the fact that the previous, much older designs of the F-16V did not see interest from the U.S. Air Force, while the J-10C continues to be mass-produced and used by elite Chinese units.
Thus, according to the observer of the American publication, Russian engines helped China surpass the United States in the area of single-engine fighters.
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Original source: Poliros