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$40 million
multi-role fighter
Saturn-Lyuika 3
30,200 lbs.
19,550 lbs.
44,500 lbs.
2- 23 mm
51 ft. 8 in.
31 ft. 10 in.
1,575 mph
60,000 fpm
60,000 feet
1,250 miles

Chengdu J-10B
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The Chengdu J-10B is the second in the series of China's most advanced multi-role jet fighter aircraft. The origin of the aircraft traces back to 1988 when the Chinese Air Force requested a dedicated air superiority fighter to replace its aging fleet. Chengdu responded in 1993 with their first series A aircraft.

Wind tunnel performance of the prototype uncovered sub standard performance at lower aircraft maneuvering speeds. It was during this testing phase that the aircraft requirements were changed from air superiority to multi-role. As one would expect, this change required that major modifications be made to the aircraft.

The original prototype first took to the air on March 28, 1998. The first pre-production aircraft flew on June 28, 2002. Deployment took place in January of 2003.

With the success of the fighter aircraft program, construction of a two seat training aircraft began in mid 2003.

The Chengdu J-10B first flew on December 10, 2008 and was deployed in 2013. We are told that the AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar system of the J-10B will detect the radar signature of hostile aircraft at distances of over 275 miles. It will lock missiles on aircraft targets at distances of over 135 miles. Electronic counter measures will analyze the radar signature of an enemy aircraft and disrupt its tracking abilities. The system is incorporated into a computer that collects the information from the radar, locates electronic emission sources, determines their classifications, and warns the pilot of any potential threats. In addition, the Chengdu J-10B is capable of linking date with other Chinese aircraft, maritime, or surface facilities. Its ordnance can be guided by vehicles possessing sensors with greater range than those on board the aircraft.

Chengdu J-10B aircraft integrated jamming electronics have wider frequency capabilities and a longer range than their predecessors. Their IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) sensors with all around scanning provide aircraft and missile detection in any weather, day or night conditions.

The Chengdu J-10B is the most stealthy of its type aircraft with engine compressor shielding and additional radar absorbent coatings.

To date some 22 Chengdu J-10B aircraft are deployed with the Chinese Air Force.

Chengdu J-10B
Chengdu J-10B

The Chengdu J-10B from GWS wingspan is 27". Length is 44". It comes with a BL2815-2 motor turning a GWS EDF 75 unit. All up weight is 31 oz.

Chengdu J-10B
Chengdu J-10B

Pictured just above and below is the Chengdu J-10B from Aero-Dreamworks. It has a wingspan of 25". A pusher prop drives it. It is made primarily from Depron foam. Weight is 20 oz.

Chengdu J-10B
Chengdu J-10B

Chengdu J-10B
Chengdu J-10B

The 1/72 scale Chengdu J-10B from a Trumpeter Models kit. Wingspan is 5.125" and length is 8.875". Kit contains 99 pieces and has decals for two versions.

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