J-10 vs F-16

Chengdu J-10 vs F-16 E/F Fighting Falcon BLOCK 60

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1. J-10B/C different story exceed F-16V performance

2. The Chengdu J-10 was integrated initially with the Radar “NRIET KLJ-7” with a range of 75-130km max. “vs” the AN/APG-66 Radar 55-105km max. of most of the F-16 (Wins J-10). The J-10 radar has the same range as the APG-68 (V) September 80-105km of F-16 block52 and RDY-2 the Mirage-2000-5/-9 The last F-16E / F Block 60 equipped with the advanced AN/APG-80 AESA radar, the radar can exceed the J-10, but the new Chengdu J-10B plane carry the AESA radar KLJ-10 which is equivalent to AN/APG-80.

3. Modern F-16 even have AESA-radars, and the chinese are known to produce in mass, not quality. Also the F-16 has a bigger range, because it can be equipped with CFT’s. Also the F-16D costs 19 million $, because of mass production & cheaper parts. The J-20 costs 28 million $! The J-10 isn’t of better quality, but only about 200 of them have been made, while nearly 5000 F-16 have been produced.

J10 infographicF16 infographic

J-10 vs F-16E Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - J-10

PER HOUR - F-16E

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR Rating 75% 78%
Armament 7.5/10 7.9/10
Technology 7.5/10 9.0/10
Avionics 8.0/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 8.6/10 7.9/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min max. 254 m/s – 50k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.08 1.11
Service Ceiling 18 km – 59k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.76 km/l – 1.79 NM/gallon 0.91 km/l – 2.13 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 35.000.000 USD 35.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR AAM missile PL-12 AAM AIM-120 AMRAAM
AAM origin China USA
Year in 2002 in 1997
Range (mile) 62 45
Range (km) 100 75
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar T 1473 H AN/APG-80
Radar overall rating very good excellent
BVR Technology 75% 82%
BVR Def. Tech. 75% 77%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-1.5 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Cannon GSh-23 M61A1 Vulcan
Caliber (mm) 23 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 3600 rpm 6000 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 715 m/s 1050 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 30% 30%
Maneuverability 8,6 7,9
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,08 1,11
AAM (first) PL-9 AIM-7 Sparrow
Operational range 0.2 – 25 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) PL-8 IRIS-T
Operational range 0.2 – 20 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 58% 58%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Length 15.49 m (50.82 ft) 15.0 m – 49 ft 4 in
Wingspan 9.75 m (31.99 ft) 9.45 m – 31 ft 0 in
Wing area 39.1 m² (355 sq ft) 28.0 m² – 300 sq ft
Height 5.43 m – 17 ft 7 in 5.1 m – 16 ft 8 in
Weight 9,750 kg – 21k lb 10,000 kg – 22,1k lb
Power 1 x 130 kN – 29,0k lbf 1 x 145 kN 32k lbf

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