Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece ‘Global Times ” has reported that in recently concluded China-Pakistan Shaheen-IX air exercises, China’s J-10C and J-11B fighter jets were used to simulate India’s Rafale and Su-30 fighter jets in mock battles that started on December 7 in Pakistan and lasted about 20 days.

J-10C and J-11B are very suitable to simulate India’s fighter jets in mock battles, Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military aviation expert, told the Global Times. Many aspects of the J-10C mid-sized fighter jet, including the size, aerodynamic characteristics, aviation, and weapon systems and overall combat capability, are comparable to the France-made Rafale, a type of fighter jet in service with the Indian Air Force, Fu said, noting that the J-11B heavy fighter jet has very similar appearance with India’s Su-30 fighter jet but with superior avionics system.

Chinese J-10C and J-11B went against PAF’s JF-17, F-7, and Mirage III fighter jets but CCP mouthpiece ‘Global Times ” claimed that Chinese jets came shining and emerged superior in the mock air battles but Chinese chatter on defense forums said that vintage jets like F-7 and Mirage III were an easy pick for the J-10C and J-11B Pilots, while PAF Pilots showed aggressive maneuvers against Chinese jets but Chinese Air superiority fighters maintained the upper hand in nearly 200 sorties performed by both sides.

Chinese chatters said that the Chinese made JF-17 operated by PAF put on some resistance in mock battles but were not able to take on Chinese J-10C and J-11B for long. KJ-500 early warning aircraft and Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft were also deployed to provide crucial information to both sides in Mock battles.

Media speculation has been that the Chinese are pushing the sale of both J-10C and J-11B fighter jets to the PAF and recently concluded Shaheen-IX air exercises were in sort a demonstration of both aircraft capabilities to the PAF Top Tier. J-10C developed by an arm of a Chinese major aerospace firm seen using a domestically developed WS-10 Taihang engine is high on PAF’s list to compete with India’s recent acquisition of Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

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