It has at least one full squadron in service opposite to India. As for engine, it has 154 AL-31FN ordered so far (54 in the first bunch and 100 in July) which is expected to all be delivered before the end of 2006. http://www.strategycenter.net/research/pubID.78/pub_detail.aspBrit said:? Not fully operational????? And with only 200 engines on order, it hardly looks like it'll be the big deal it's often made out to be.
Yeah thats what i forgot to mention....realy no one knows what J-XX look like. Even the model shown at the defence exhibition may be changed as the project goes under way. So if any of u ppl find any pic on J-XX (at this moment) they are just mere asumptions & children at play.MIGleader said:none knows what j-xx looks like. the internet concepts thet have been put out are either mig-1.44 rip-offs, su-47 rip-offs, or f-22 rip-offs.
I thought China was testing TVC WS-10 for J-XX.but back on topic...
the chinese evidently want to put the al-41 on the j-xx, along with some indegedous avionics and weaons suites. the radar is uncetain, either an isreali, russian, or indegedous. it better be good thoguh!!!!
yeah, I read that article too, but that article was based on the premise that china might be purchasing 500 RD-93. It looks like JF-17 might not be available for another 3 years. By then, there will be 150 more J-10s (using the pace of 50 per year). I personally think the number 500 is quite alarming, since it means WS-13A will probably never be used on JF-17. Either way, considering China has promised to purchase 250 JF-17 and PAF committed to 150, 600 engines for that really is quite reasonable. Let's not forget JF-17 is suppose to be the plane that China is marketing to poor countries. As for WS-10, it is almost complete. The current estimation is that WS-10A will start production sometimes late this year or next year. There was a problem with it in 2004, but it has apparently being resolved. As for sukhoi, China will definitely buy more sukhoi, but higher quality sukhoi than the garbage it is getting right now.Brit said:Tphuang,
I think I read the Kanwa article in English already (brought a copy of the mag in HK). Kanwa too express the notion that the J-10 may be loosing ground to the J-17 as the future PLAAF workhorse. Kanwa estimate the J-17 to be about 30% cheaper. Also, they speculate, quite reasonably, that the use of the AL-31 engine on the J-10 is tied to purchases of Su-27/30 aircraft, making the idea that China will not buy/produce further Sukhois less than likely(?).
Chinese engines like WS-10 appear some way off.
Oh man, I don't know if you all are old enough to remember the endless artist renditions of the F117 or the Soviet "Secret" projects that the pentagon would publish to get the pucker factor up and get more funding for the military.Red aRRow said:Its like the J-10 and the F-22 had a love child. But seriously I think its difficult to have some concrete shape of the secret J-xx...hence lots of artist impressions flying around.
it's posted on an official chinese newspaper that a new engine has finished 4 month of endurance testing. It didnd't mention WS-10A specifically, but clearly it is WS-10A due to the timeframe and the description of the engine. That's considered to be the final test before certificaiton, so production should begin sometime late this year.Elite-Pilot said:Dear Brothers,
I have read that the WS-10A engine was a success...is this correct?can anyone confirm this?
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