The Pakistan Air Force has received the first batch of 36 J-10Cs ordered from China, which it claims is the number of fighter jets to help the country “defend itself”.
On March 11, the Pakistani army held a reception ceremony for the J-10C fighter jets purchased from China at Minhas Air Force Base in Punjab Province, which was witnessed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and the ambassador. China.
“A sovereign nation can only guarantee its sovereignty if it can defend itself,” Prime Minister Khan said at the ceremony. “These new planes send a message to the world that we can protect ourselves.”
This is the first batch of 36 J-10C fighter jets ordered by Pakistan from China. Pakistan has not released the number of J-10Cs it received on March 11, but images released by the country’s air force show at least six fighter jets were handed over during the ceremony.
Pakistan plans to buy J-10 fighter jets from China starting in 2009, when Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and China Aviation Technology Import and Export Corporation were mass-producing JF-17 fighter jets in the South Asian country. The Pakistan Air Force said at the time that it expected to enter service with China’s more advanced J-10 fighter jets in 2014-2015.
China began developing the J-10 in the 1980s, possibly based on the Israeli Lavi fighter jet or the F-16A/B prototype. The J-10 fighter jet took off for the first time in March 1998 and has been in production since 2002 with more than 480 units shipped.
The J-10 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1.8 times the speed of sound), a maximum range of 17,000 meters, a range of 2,950 kilometers, and a combat radius of 1,240 kilometers. The fighter is equipped with a 23mm GSh-23 cannon, 11 weapon racks capable of carrying air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, conventional and guided bombs.
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