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31 ft. 10 in.
The Chengdu J-10 is an advanced Chinese multi-role jet fighter aircraft. The origin of the aircraft traces back to 1988 when the Chinese Air Force requested a dedicated air superiority fighter to replace its aging fleet.
Wind tunnel performance of the prototype uncovered sub standard performance at lower aircraft maneuvering speeds. It was during this testing phase that the aircraft requirements were changed from air superiority to multi-role. As one would expect, this change required that major modifications be made to the aircraft.
The original prototype first took to the air on March 23, 1998. The first pre-production aircraft flew on June 28, 2002. Deployment took place in January of 2006.
With the success of the fighter aircraft program, construction of a two seat training aircraft began in mid 2003.
The Chengdu J-10 model B first flew on December 10, 2008 and was deployed in 2013. We are told that the AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar system of the aircraft will detect the radar signature of hostile aircraft at distances of over 275 miles. It will lock missiles on aircraft targets at distances of over 135 miles.
Electronic counter measures will analyze the radar signature of an enemy aircraft and disrupt its tracking abilities. The system is incorporated into a computer that collects the information from the radar, locates electronic emission sources, determines their classifications, and warns the pilot of any potential threats. In addition, the Chengdu J-10 is capable of linking date with other Chinese aircraft, maritime, or surface facilities. Its ordnance can be guided by vehicles possessing sensors with greater range than those on board the aircraft.
Chengdu J-10 aircraft integrated jamming electronics have wider frequency capabilities and a longer range than their predecessors. Their IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) sensors with all around scanning provide aircraft and missile detection in any weather, day or night conditions.
To date over 425 Chengdu J-10 aircraft of all types have been produced.
The Chengdu J-10 from GWS wingspan is 27 in. Length is 44 in. It comes with a BL2815-2 motor turning a GWS EDF 75 unit. All up weight is 31 oz.