Pakistan will purchase more J-10C combat aircraft from China.
Pakistan will purchase more J-10C combat aircraft from China
Reports state that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has completed plans to purchase a second fleet of 36 J-10C fighter aircraft from Chengdu Aerospace Corporation of China (CAC).
Since the previous deal with Chengdu contained the same number of fighter jets, reports claim that this would be the PAF’s second order for 36 J-10C fighter aircraft, which will be delivered over the course of the next 6–12 months.
PAF will purchase a total of 72 J-10Cs, which will be delivered over the course of 2026. By 2032, it intends to have more than 90 multi-role fighter aircraft in service.
PAF purchased a first batch of 25 J-10Cs in March, and a second batch of 11 in September of this year.
The J-10C is a canard delta wing single-engine aircraft without a tail. It has an AESA fire control radar and fly-by-wire flight controls. Composite materials were used in its construction to boost strength while reducing weight. A twin-barrel Gryazev-Shipunov (GSh) 23 cannon positioned beneath the intake port side serves as its internal armament.
On 11 hardpoints fitted externally, there is additional weaponry and gear that can store 6,000 kg of bombs or missiles, drop tanks for fuel, or other gear like avionics pods.