J-10 low altitude penetration strike.
J-10 low altitude training in the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley, Tibet.
Although this is an older video, I have not seen it in the forum.
It should be noted that although the title and subtitles of the video state that this is the famous Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, this is actually a section of Yarlung Tsangpo river from Gonggar County to Rinbung County, and the height is not 2880 meters above sea level as in the video, but about 4000 meters. The jet was taking off from Lhasa Gonggar Airport.
and a shorter version.
My reading was that he wasn’t down to two missiles, but that he only had two missiles. Which is consistent with the J10’s standard missile load of two BVRAAMs and two WVRAAMs.J-10C pilot/Golden Helmet winner Gao Benchao claims that he used a new feature on J-10C’s AESA radar to achieve victory against J-16. His wingman was “shot down” and he himself was down to two missiles towards the end of the engagement but made good use of them, downing both enemy aircraft.
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Thought it was 4 BVRAAM on double pylons?My reading was that he wasn’t down to two missiles, but that he only had two missiles. Which is consistent with the J10’s standard missile load of two BVRAAMs and two WVRAAMs.
The new feature is indeed interesting, but as already pointed out, details were deliberately kept vague and there are many possibilities.
It can carry 4 BVRAAMs on dual pylons, but they seem to rarely actually fly with that load out. In peace time in any case.
I would expect/hope they fly with 4 in actual combat.
True, but 2 BVRAAMs just seems, insufficient, and there are a lot of combat strategies you would not be able to or want to use if you only had two BVRAAMs as opposed to 4. But then again, two PL15s probably wipes the floor with 4 PL12s.It has to do with the role of J-10C in PLAAF. J-16 already could carry a heavy AA load so there isn’t as much impetus to rollout dual pylon for the J-10C in PLAAF as PAF does.