J-10 vs SU-30

Chengdu J-10 vs Sukhoi SU-30 Flanker-C

Comments of readers (Feel free to “Leave a Reply” on bottom)

1. There is no chance for J-10 against SU-30. Su-30 is better, stronged, better-armed and lot more quality aircraft. J-10 has slightly better thrust-to-weight ratio but that is not important because SU-30 is of top three maneuverable aircraft. Also Russian Vympel AAM missile is better than Chinese PL-12.

2. In dogfight Su-30 is lot better, use better AAM medium range missiles and has better maneuverability. J-10 is one of worst aircraft of 4th generation.

3. Sukhoi is lot bigger so it is easier to hit. PL-12 is good as Vympel, or even better because it has better agility and can hit easilly large targets like Su-30…

J10 infographicSU-30 Flanker-C infographic

J-10 vs SU-30 Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - J-10

PER HOUR - SU-30

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 SUKHOI SU-30
BVR Rating 75% 85%
Armament 7.5/10 8.4/10
Technology 7.5/10 8.0/10
Avionics 8.0/10 8.0/10
Maneuverability 8.6/10 9.7/10 (3D Thrust)
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min max. 280 m/s – 55k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.08 1.05
Service Ceiling 18 km – 59k ft 17 km – 56k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.76 km/l – 1.79 NM/gallon 0.25 km/l – 0.55 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 35.000.000 USD 60.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good excellent

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 SUKHOI SU-30
BVR AAM missile PL-12 AAM AA-12 Adder (R77 Vympel)
AAM origin China Russia
Year in 2002 in 1998
Range (mile) 62 99
Range (km) 100 160
Speed (mph) 2640 2970
Speed (km/h) 4248 4779
Radar T 1473 H NIIP N011M BARS
Radar overall rating very good excellent
BVR Technology 75% 86%
BVR Def. Tech. 75% 84%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-1.5 1.5-4.0

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 SUKHOI SU-30
Cannon GSh-23 GSh-30-1
Caliber (mm) 23 mm 30 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 3600 rpm 1800 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 715 m/s 860 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 30% 10%
Maneuverability 8,6 9,7
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,08 1,05
AAM (first) PL-9 AA-11 Archer
Operational range 0.2 – 25 km 0.3 – 40 km
AAM (second) PL-8 AA-8 Aphid
Operational range 0.2 – 20 km 0.1 – 8 km
Dogfight Rating 58% 89%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 SUKHOI SU-30
Length 15.49 m (50.82 ft) 21.9 m (72.9 ft)
Wingspan 9.75 m (31.99 ft) 14.7 m (48.2 ft)
Wing area 39.1 m² (355 sq ft) 62 m² (667 sq ft)
Height 5.43 m – 17 ft 7 in 6.36 m (20.85 ft)
Weight 9,750 kg – 21k lb 17,700 kg (39,021 lb)
Power 1 x 130 kN – 29,0k lbf 2 x 123 kN – 27,3k lbf

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