Pakistan signed a contract to buy 50 J-10CE fighters from China.
Currently, the main component of the Pakistani air force is the F-16 fighters purchased from the United States. The fact that the Pakistani military equipped the F-16 and did not choose the J-10 was evidence that the combat performance of the J-10 was not equal to the F-16 fighter.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s F-16s are now obsolete. These aircraft have good combat performance, but their long-range combat capabilities are inferior to the Rafale EH/DH. Although the F-16C/D Block52 is slightly better, just 18 is not enough, and it is still not a Rafale rival.
After the US killed terrorist boss Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, US-Pakistan relations became colder and the US began selling weapons to India. For now, the US has expressed a willingness to supply India with Super Hornets and F-21s, and even the F-15EX. Once India has acquired these fighters, its performance is clearly superior to that of Pakistan’s F-16.
While the India-Pakistan relationship has shown no signs of cooling recently, and India has received eight Rafales from France, the J-10CE is Pakistan’s only choice at the moment.
Currently, the Pakistan Air Force’s JF-17 Thunder and F-16 both use the traditional pulse Doppler radar. However, the Pulse Doppler radar has the weakness that it is very easy to lose the target, or detect the target, but it is too late to lock it.
The AESA radar on the J-10CE can accomplish this task. AESA will have a great advantage when facing multiple targets at the same time. In addition, it can also reduce the possibility of jamming from the enemy and shorten the time to find the target. The PL-15 air-to-air missile on the J-10CE fighter also uses more modern seeker, allowing it to target more accurately.