F-35 Lightning II vs Chengdu J-10

F-35 Lightning II vs Chengdu J-10

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Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - F-35PER HOUR - J-10

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 CHENGDU J-10
BVR Rating 94% 75%
Armament 8.6/10 7.5/10
Technology 9.5/10 7.5/10
Avionics 9.0/10 8.0/10
Maneuverability 8.5/10 8.6/10
Rate of Climb max. 230 m/s – 45k ft/min max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.07 1.08
Service Ceiling 20 km – 65k ft 18 km – 59k ft
Speed 1.60 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.80 km/l – 1.68 NM/gallon 0.76 km/l – 1.79 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 180.000.000 USD 35.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 CHENGDU J-10
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor PL-12 AAM
AAM origin NATO China
Year in 2013 in 2002
Range (mile) 62 62
Range (km) 100 100
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar AN/APG-81 AESA T 1473 H
Radar overall rating excellent very good
BVR Technology 92% 75%
BVR Def. Tech. 95% 75%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.005-0.3 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 CHENGDU J-10
Cannon GAU-22/A GSh-23
Caliber (mm) 20 mm 23 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 4200 rpm 3600 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1000 m/s 715 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 30%
Maneuverability 8,5 8,6
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,07 1,08
AAM (first) AIM-9X PL-9
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 25 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T PL-8
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.2 – 20 km
Dogfight Rating 70% 58%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 CHENGDU J-10
Length 15.6 m – 50.0 ft 15.49 m (50.82 ft)
Wingspan 10.7 m – 35 ft 0 in 9.75 m (31.99 ft)
Wing area 42.0 m² – 460 sq ft 39.1 m² (355 sq ft)
Height 4.33 m – 14.2 ft 5.43 m – 17 ft 7 in
Weight 13,200 kg – 30,2k lb 9,750 kg – 21k lb
Power 1 x 190 kN – 43k lbf 1 x 130 kN – 29,0k lbf

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