J-10 Thread IV


stannislas

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A jet trainer. Start with the J-7 and if you do well move up to better birds.

I wonder of type 59 tanks are used for the same purpose. Must feel similar getting assigned to one.
One downside with this approach is that 2nd gen fighters handle differently than 4th gen birds. Even if you fly a J-7E with modern avionics you still have different thrust and aerodynamics. This is why they need more L-15s.
Why is this in J10 thread? If we are going to be off topic, I'll pitch in. J7s are still used as advanced training for a lot of the pilots very much like @no_name said. The thought process is that a J-7 much harder to fly than a J10, or flanker, and that it is good to train the basics of combat flight training. It is also very very cheap to fly compared to other 4+ jets. Think of it like the Navy using a sail boat to teach seamanship.
I think there was a news around mid this year suggested the newest batch of airforce junior pilot was trained in CJ-6, JL-10 then directly J-10, so yeah, don't know how long those J-7 could still be used even as training
 

siegecrossbow

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I think there was a news around mid this year suggested the newest batch of airforce junior pilot was trained in CJ-6, JL-10 then directly J-10, so yeah, don't know how long those J-7 could still be used even as training
The PLA is frugal. They’ll fly them until the lifespan has been exhausted. Once all the J-7s are retired you’ll see the older J-10s and flankers filling in for them.
 

GTI

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The PLA is frugal. They’ll fly them until the lifespan has been exhausted. Once all the J-7s are retired you’ll see the older J-10s and flankers filling in for them.
Are any of them converted into [targeting] drones? I’ve always thought it would be a great idea for PLAAF to use scores and scores of J-7, J-8 and Q-5 drone conversions for certain... umm... contingencies...

I’m thinking something similar to Israeli Airforce vs Syrian SAMs, Bekaa Valley, 1982.
 

Inst

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J-7s could potentially be converted into combat drones as well. They're useful in any case as they can potentially absorb enemy fire.
 

Temstar

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I think J-6 UCAV is already a thing, one theory is that they will be used en masse against Taiwan in early waves to soak up anti-air missile.
 

Hendrik_2000

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A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force pilot had to bail out of his plane and parachute to safety after two birds struck the aircraft, causing the engine to shut down. The black box recovered from the crash showed that the pilot swerved away from residential areas several times in the last 37 seconds of the flight. He ejected only three seconds before the aircraft crashed.

 

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