J-10 Thread IV


siegecrossbow

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PLAAF pilots are probably all doing their training in English, which makes a lot of sense if you think about where China learned its pilot training programs from. They also have to be able to communicate with different air forces (like Pakistan) in international training exercises too. If that’s what they’re habituated for in these exercises I don’t see why that should be a large cognitive burden. It’s not like people in China aren’t used to using English situationally in highly technical environments, so I’m not sure why pilots using short bits of English should be so unusual?
The fact that they are using is causing a huge debate on CJDBY. Some ultranationalists are upset about them using the “enemy’s” language. Just goes to show that there are dumb people everywhere.
 

caohailiang

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The fact that they are using is causing a huge debate on CJDBY. Some ultranationalists are upset about them using the “enemy’s” language. Just goes to show that there are dumb people everywhere.
Reminds me of a recent event where Biden got criticized for quoting Mao when he was talking about female rights, I am wondering if a political figure in China would get criticized these days for the mere fact of quoting Lincoln or Franklin.
But back to the topic, could it be just because PLAAF find the English combat commands used in USAF very efficient so they decide to reuse them rather than reinvent the wheel. That seems to be very pragmatic and open-minded to me.
 

TerraN_EmpirE

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The three most populous languages are Mandarin by population of China, Spanish and English. English is generally considered the universal language of Aviation.
in the function of their duties The PLAAF like any other air force are not limited to Kill kill kill. They have to interact with other aviators from across the world. When doing interceptions of American, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Malaysian, Pilipino, Pakistani, Hindu... or any other nationality. They need to be able to Warn off, Threaten, cajol, plead, Aid, address, command whatever the situation demands. To do that you need both sides to have a common frame of reference. The ability to exchange numbers and technical terminology in order to plot course redirect or escort. As such English is the universal language. A pilot must be able to speak it and navigate with it. As simply shouting into the mic in Mandarin won’t help if the guy on the receiver doesn’t understand a word of it. And speaking High school grade French doesn’t do a lick of good if the conversation is of a technical matter.
If the PLAAF wants to intercept a Boeing 737 pilot simply trying to communicate with close flybys and sharp maneuvers doesn’t help anything it simply makes them look like daredevils or worse like they intend to kill the bird.
Being able to at least make claim over the radio in a common language can keep it from being misconstrued as overtly hostile.
 

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