In March 2009, pictures of our improved model J10 fighters appeared for the first time on the Internet, and netizens quickly began to call it the “J-10B”.
Over the last five 5 years, several images of the test J10B have appeared online,attracting widespread attention from netizens, military enthusiasts, and even foreign media.
U.S. military expert Richard Fisher recently pointed out that the J-10 B is a so-called”fourth and a half” generation fighter equipped with modern airborne technology and advanced radar system, which is about to be delivered to the PLA Air Force.
Zhang Jigao disputed the term “fourth and a half” generation. In contrast, he suggested that the current international criteria to classify generations are more applicable.
He pointed out that single combat is rare in modern warfare, and that the majority of cases now involve system combat and network operations, so that the combat capabilities of a
fighter depend on many factors. “This does not mean that the optimization of an aircraft’s radar, avionics, and missile detection ranges are bound to improvements in operational performance.”
Zhang Jigao added that further improvements to the performance of the J10 would focus on the aircraft’s aerodynamic layout and mission systems, and the approach to maintenance. “Aircraft development requires constant optimization and improvement,” he said, “and our modifications will be comprehensive rather than being confined to a specific area.”