J-10 vs Super Hornet

Chengdu J-10 vs F/A-18EF Super Hornet

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

1. Glad to see that lot more older American fighter is better than Chinese new one… Agree on BVR ratings but I think F-18 SH also deserve rating “excellent” like other aircraft: Rafale, Typhooon, Su-30MKI… It was one old but excellent fighter…

2. J-10 will outperform Super Hornet in BVR also, PL-12 missile is better than US AIM-120 and also J-10 radar is good as American APG-79… Also J-10 has better service ceiling so it can attack from top.

3. DO not underestimate Chinese airplanes, they use technology and materials as Russians and some western countries… Lot of parts for western fighters were produced in China…

J10 infographicF18 Super Hornet

J-10 vs F-18E Super Hornet Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - J-10

PER HOUR - F-18E

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
BVR Rating 75% 83%
Armament 7.5/10 7.9/10
Technology 7.5/10 8.9/10
Avionics 8.0/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 8.6/10 7.8/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min max. 228 m/s – 44k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.08 1.03
Service Ceiling 18 km – 59k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 1.80 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.76 km/l – 1.79 NM/gallon 0.60 km/l – 1.21 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 35.000.000 USD 80.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
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-79
Radar overall rating very good excellent
BVR Technology 75% 83%
BVR Def. Tech. 75% 80%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-1.5 1.0-2.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
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% 20%
Maneuverability 8,6 7,8
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,08 1.03
AAM (first) PL-9 AIM-7 Sparrow
Operational range 0.2 – 25 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) PL-8 AIM-9 Sidewinder
Operational range 0.2 – 20 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 58% 57%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY CHENGDU J-10 F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
Length 15.49 m (50.82 ft) 18.4 m – 60.1 ft
Wingspan 9.75 m (31.99 ft) 13.65 m – 45 ft 0 in
Wing area 39.1 m² (355 sq ft) 46.5 m² – 500 sq ft
Height 5.43 m – 17 ft 7 in 4.88 m – 16.0 ft
Weight 9,750 kg – 21k lb 14,500 kg – 32,0k lb
Power 1 x 130 kN – 29,0k lbf 2 x 97 kN – 22k lbf

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