J-10C fighter jet gets green light from PLA

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Liu Xin

China has ac­ti­vated its new J-10C fighter jets, which marks an im­prove­ment in the com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties and de­fense of the Air Force of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA), the Air Force an­nounced in a state­ment on Mon­day.

The J-10C is a third gen­er­a­tion home-made fighter with mul­ti­ple func­tions and is equipped with an avion­ics sys­tem. It is also equipped with mul­ti­ple ad­vanced weapons ca­pa­ble of strike mis­sions on land and marine tar­gets, said the state­ment re­leased on the PLA Air Force’s Weibo ac­count.

The fighter jet was first un­veiled to the pub­lic at the mil­i­tary pa­rade mark­ing the 90th found­ing an­niver­sary of the PLA in July 2017 and has at­tracted wide at­ten­tion.

The J-10C is the first fighter jet de­signed, made and man­aged by China, and lays the foun­da­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of the J-20, Song Zhong­ping, a mil­i­tary ex­pert and TV com­men­ta­tor, told the Global Times.

Ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing a di­vert­er­less su­per­sonic in­let and phased ar­ray radar, were first tested on the J-10C be­fore be­ing adopted by the J-20, which is China’s most ad­vanced stealth fighter, Song said.

The air force armed the J-20 in Fe­bru­ary 2018 and the jet was pub­li­cally show­cased in a fly-by at the Zhuhai air show in Novem­ber 2016.

The J-10C could be used as the main fighter of the Air Force and PLA Navy and has at­tracted wide at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially in Tai­wan, ac­cord­ing to Song.

Tai­wan’s Cen­tral News Agency re­ported in Novem­ber 2016 that the J-10C is more stream­lined than the J-10B, thus re­duc­ing drag.

“To­gether with other ad­vanced fighter jets, the J-10C, which has strong air com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties, would play an im­por­tant role in po­ten­tial bat­tles across the Tai­wan Straits or is­land dis­putes in the South China Sea,” Song said.

The Air Force said on Mon­day that J-10C fight­ers have been in­volved in ac­tual com­bat train­ing and played a great role in com­bat ma­neu­vers, Red Sword 2016 and Red Sword 2017, which serves as the foun­da­tion for the com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the PLA Air Force.

The PLA Air Force has quickly de­vel­oped and be­come a ma­jor in­flu­ence in con­trol­ling dis­putes and crises, stop­ping wars and winning any bat­tle, ac­cord­ing to the PLA Air Force.

Shen Jinke, PLA Air Force spokesper­son, was quoted in the state­ment as say­ing that China’s open­ing-up and re­form can­not suc­ceed with­out a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment.

The Air Force has made all ef­forts to train sol­diers and pre­pare for ac­tual bat­tle, and to en­hance their de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties and strate­gic pro­jec­tion ca­pa­bil­ity to pro­tect China’s airspace and na­tional in­ter­ests, Shen said.

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