Chengdu J-10

Chengdu J-10

is a multi-role combat aircraft capable of all-weather day/night operation. It designed and produced by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC),China. In the West known as the “Vigorous Dragon”.

Role : Multi-role combat aircraft
Developed from : Chengdu J-9
National origin : People’s Republic of China
Manufacturer : Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation
Designed by : Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute
First flight : 23 March 1998
Introduced : 2005
Status : In service
Primary user : People’s Liberation Army Air Force, Pakistan Air Force
Produced : 2002–Present
Number built : 80-100(2006)
Program cost : 500 million RMB allocated in 1982[1] (Project #10)
Unit cost : 190 million RMB (27.84 million USD; 2010)

Chengdu J-10 Variants

  • J-10A: Single seat multi-role variant. The export designation is F-10A.
  • J-10S: Twin-seat fighter-trainer variant of the J-10A.
  • J-10B: An upgraded variant of the J-10, also known as the “Super-10.”
  • FC-20: An export variant of the J-10B designed for the Pakistan Air Force.
  • Crew: 1 (basic), 2 (trainer variant)
  • Length: 16.43 m  (53 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.75 m  (31 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 4.78 m (15.7 ft)
  • Wing area: 39 m² (419.8 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 9,750 kg (21,495 lb [41])
  • Loaded weight: 14,876 kg (32,797 lb)
  • Useful load: 4,500 kg(9,920 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 19,277 kg (42,500 lb[13])
  • Powerplant:1 × Saturn-Lyulka AL-31FN or WS-10A Taihang turbofan
    • Dry thrust: 79.43 kN / 89.17 kN (17,860 lbf / 20,050 lbf)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 122.5 kN[13] / 132 kN (27,557 lbf / 29,101 lbf)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.0 at altitude,[40] Mach 1.2 at sea level
  • g-limits: +9/-3 g (+88/-29 m/s², +290/-97 ft/s²
  • Combat radius: 1600 km with in-flight refueling
  • Service ceiling: 18,000 m (59,055 ft)
  • Wing loading: 335 kg/m² (69 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: .98
  • Guns: 1× 23mm twin-barrel cannon
  • Hardpoints: 11 in total (6× under-wing, 5× under-fuselage) with a capacity of 6,000 kg (13,228 lb) external fuel and ordnance [31]
  • Rockets: 90 mm unguided rocket pods
  • Missiles:
    • Air-to-air missiles: PL-8, PL-9, PL-11, PL-12
    • Air-to-surface missiles: PJ-9, YJ-9K
  • Bombs: laser-guided bombs (LT-2), glide bombs (LS-6) and unguided bombs
  • Others:
    • Up to 3 external fuel drop-tanks (1× under-fuselage, 2× under-wing) for extended range and loitering time
  • NRIET KLJ-10 multi-mode fire-control radar
  • Externally-mounted avionics pods:
    • Type Hongguang-I infra-red search and track pod
    • BM/KG300G self-protection jamming pod
    • KZ900 electronic reconnaissance pod
    • Blue Sky navigation/attack pod
    • FILAT (Forward-looking Infra-red Laser Attack Targeting) pod

Chengdu J-10 Specifications

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

Avionics

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