Tuesday, January 09, 2007

China's J-10 Aircraft

Does this scare you?

It doesn't scare me. The Chinese have a J-10, which they claim is as good or better than the SU-27 Flanker, a twenty year old Russian fighter. CNN would have you believe that China is a threat militarily, based on their technology. They aren't.

Our military technology is leaps and bounds ahead of the Chinese, or even the Russians, for that matter. Our biggest problem is the escalation of costs. For instance, the original Request for Proposal (RFP) for the F-22 Raptor called for the aircraft, which was to replace the F-15 Eagle, to cost around $35M per aircraft. The newest numbers show that the aircraft will cost at least $250M per copy, and the roles it was originally designed to fill no longer are needed, at least, not by a $250M aircraft. The F-35 Lightning II is a better all-around aircraft than the F-22, with many more roles.

See, the F-22 was designed with a Cold War attitude. No compromise. The fastest. The most powerful. No expense was spared. Unfortunately, it's an air superiority fighter in a time when air superiority is not an issue. How long did it take us to rout the Iraqi Air Force, even in its heyday in 1991? Anyway, as badass as it is, its an obsolete aircraft.

Just because its obsolete, though, doesn't mean that it can't whip the shit out of that J-10. I would wager that any of our current multi-role fighters would take the fight to this new jet and blow it out of the sky, no contest, including the recently retired F-14.

Anyway, just thought you'd like to know.