China’s J-10C Rival to F35, Better than All US Carrier-Based Fighters in ServicePosted: July 2, 2016
Russian Military Observation website carried an article on June 29 titled “J-10C, headache of Western aircraft companies” stating that after integrated fire control system in its active phased array radar, China’s J-10A/B has already some of the characteristics of the next generation of fighter jets. That is followed by China’s project of great improvement in its upgraded version of J-10, i.e. J-10C. which the Russian media regards as a 4++generation fighter get .
Some Chinese blogs believe that three J-10Cs can be rival to one F-22 in combat while for J-10, the ratio shall be 50 to 1.
In a combat with F-22, J-10C can find F-22, a target of 0.07 square meters RCS, 100 km away while F-22A can find a J-10C with 1 square meter RCS 200-220 km away. It may fire its two AIM-120D medium-range air-to-air missiles 150-180 km away from the J-10C. If the missiles have been set at low interception (LPI) mode, the J-10C cannot detect the missiles until it has been locked on by the active radar in the missile’s warhead. J-10C pilot simply has no time to scan the airspace and is forced to take anti-missile action.
If the F-22 pilot fails to close in to reduce the distance between the two to less than 100 km, there is 50% chance the F-22 may be shot down by J-10C’s PL-21 beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile.
However if the F-22 closes in, its two powerful engines will give it much better maneuverability to ensure that there is no escape for the J-10C.
J-10C pilot may use the targeting device in his helmet to fire an infrared guided PL-9C short-range missile, which may hit the F-22A. However F-22A will soon be equipped with a helmet that may be equipped with a device to detect the infrared guided missile warhead.
US carrier-based fourth-generation fighter jets in service are inferior to J-10C in speed, acceleration capability and maneuverability. Even F-35A/B that the US will deploy on its aircraft carriers in the future is but comparable to J-10C in speed, acceleration and maneuverability. As J-10Cs have a combat radius of 1,000 km, it will be able to resist any attack from US carrier-based fighter jets.
China’s deployment of J-10Cs will greatly ease the pressure from US aircraft carriers.
Note: According to the analysis, if a group of three J-10Cs encounters a F-22, two of them will probably be destroyed by AIM-120D medium-range air-to-air missiles that the F-22 fires 150-180 km away from the J-10Cs, but the F-22 will soon come within the 150 km range of the PL-21 of the third J-10C. As PL-21 uses a scramjet engine to reach the speed of Mach 4.5, it is difficult for the F-22 to escape. Therefore, the above analysis proves that there is ground for the assessment of three J-10Cs rival to one F-22.
Source: mil.sohu.com “Russian media says that J-10C is as good as F35 in combat capabilities and not at a disadvantage in fighting F22” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)