New pictures of J-10B revealed

Air Platforms
09 October 2014
 

 

A new batch of mass-produced Chengdu J-10B fighters are undergoing flight and taxi tests, Chinese media reported in early October. Source: via cdjby.net

 

A new batch of mass-produced Chengdu J-10B fighters are undergoing flight and taxi tests, Chinese media has reported saying that the aircraft will enter service “soon”.

 

The J-10B is an improved variant of the Chengdu J-10 manufactured by the state-owned Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, also known as the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of AVIC.

 

The photos, which were posted on the cdjby.net military forum on 3 October, show four aircraft on the ground and two in the air. The airborne aircraft are numbered 120 and 122, while known serial numbers for the J-10B are: 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 110, 120, 122, and 201.

 

Chinese media also reported, without further elaboration, that some of the J-10Bs are equipped with China’s own WS-10 Taihang engine. Early J-10Bs were believed to be fitted with the Russian AL-31FN M1 engine – a more powerful version of the AL-31F that powers the J-10A.

 

The J-10B’s key differences from the J-10A include a redesigned chin intake, with the lower edge now angled forward and movable ramp replaced by a smaller, fixed, diffuser bulge that also contributes to reduced weight and radar cross-section; a longer nose radome that is believed to house an NRIET active electronically scanned array radar; and an electro-optic targeting sensor (infrared search and track, and laser rangefinder) mounted just forward of the windscreen, offset to starboard. It also has a new electronic warning or countermeasures pod atop the vertical stabiliser.

 

Related article: China marks aviation milestones with J-10B production, second Y-20 prototype flight

 

The photos, which were posted on the cdjby.net military forum, also showed four aircraft on the ground. (via cdjby.net)The photos, which were posted on the cdjby.net military forum, also showed four aircraft on the ground. (via cdjby.net)
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