Pakistan Air Force (PAF) recently inducted first batch of 4.5 generation Chengdu J-10C to its 15 Squadron. J-10C is a multi-role combat jet with single engine design, making it more advance aircraft than the old US made F-16 fighter jet of PAF. It is also more powerful than the China-Pakistan jointly developed lightweight fighter jet, the JF-17.
It is equipped with a bigger Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar than the one used by JF-17 block 3. In addition to this, The J-10C can carry more advanced, fourth-generation air-to-air missiles including the short-range PL-10 and the beyond-visual-range PL-15.
The American Military Observer magazine pointed out that the J-10C, as a “fourth generation ++” fighter, will likely have an impact on the balance of military power in South Asia.”
The modernization of Pakistan Air Force begun when it started its joint manufacturing with Chinese aviation industry years back in 2010 when the first squadron of JF-17, 26 Black Sniper was officially added into PAF with the initial strength of 14 fighter jets.
Besides J-10C, Pakistan navy also received the first type of 054A/P frigate with HQ-9/P air defense missile system. This indicate that the defense cooperation between China and Pakistan is much stronger and wider which can significantly boost its combat capabilities by adopting Chinese military equipment to its services.
According to Pakistan’s interior minister Sheikh Rasheed, “The first batch of J-10Cs will be presented during the fly-past that will be held for the commemoration of Pakistan’s Republic Day on 23 March, 2022.”
To china, the first successful sale of J-10C fighter jets and WS-10 series by Pakistan will start opening ways to international market in order to buy her military equipment with serious interests by other players across the globe.
The procurement will make Pakistan stronger than before in order to safeguard the interests of both the countries in the region.