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Greetings from one Paradoxian to another. The Land 19:00, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

And another. Nice looking article on the Chinese SMG.GordyB 23:32, 12 August 2007 (UTC)
And also another. Good work with the Chinese Military articles, and for the Il-76 entry in the Free Libyan Air Force Article. See you in Sinodefenceforum! Greetings. Cloudaoc (talk) 23:41, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

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DYK- Type 77 pistol[edit]

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J 11B[edit]

hi, the thing is that I always thought that J-11B was basically a copy of the russian jet. See the Chengdu J-7 is a copy of the MiG-21 and I thought the whole J-11 business was very similar. Correct me if i'm wrong.

another thing i would not really call my edit war petty and i think I did put it in alphabetic order the second time around. Next time my petty edits will always incorporate the alphabetic order rule. Hahahahah!

My silly jokes, do reply and tell me if I'm right about the whole J-11 business because what i can gather the J-11A is an exact copy but the J-11B is a bit enhanced and has more, made in China components and an AESA which is chinese though I seriously doubt that. I dont think they do use their own AESA. Correct me if I'm wrong on that one tooooooooooooo. Enthusiast10 (talk) 00:29, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Hahaha, sorry about the whole 'petty' thing, it wasn't really directed at you, recently there has been a lot of JF-17 back and forth and its a real headache~ :p. You're right about the J-11A, its a Chinese built Su-27K, simple as that. The J-11B is a different bird though. Basically, everything is different, the engine has been replaced with the the Chinese WS-10A, multi-role Type 1474 multifunctional pulse-Doppler fire-control radar and databus (the old J-11A had... minimal air to surface capabilities), digitized solid-state avionics, glass cockpit, indigenous weapons layout (such as the PL-12 active radar-homing ‘beyond-visual-range’ medium-range air-to-air missile), composite material construction (therefore reducing the weight by 700kg), Redesigned air inlets, etc. etc.. In the end 70%+ of the entire aircraft is Chinese components. As fro the J-7. The J-7 and J-7II is indeed based on the MiG-21, particularly the MiG-21F-13. The J-7III(C) is a direct copy of the MiG-21MF. The difference is the J-7E/G series which features a double delta wing configuration which drastically increased the performance (overall aerodynamic performance increase of 43%, 0.9 thrust/weight ratio) and range of the little J-7. A more powerful WS-13F engine was also installed, new radar, HUD, RWR, computer etc. etc. it is also technically BVR capable like the Indian Bison butthats up to the operator. Semi-Lobster (talk) 01:26, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the info. So I guess you are quite interested in Chinese Aiforce. They have a good airforce but a lot of their planes are quite old compared to Uncle Sam and Russia. Another comment, the Indians better work hard, we only have 2 superior fighters but the chinsese have 3 as u include the J-11. Our HAL should pull up thier socks and better work some late nights if they want to have any chance agianst the chinese. Or some good help from the US and Russia like free technology or free planes(like how US gave to Saudis,Pakis etc.) then India and China might be then on the same playing on the same level field.
Asian defence forces in general are an interest of mine. I wrote a couple of articles on WWII Japanese tanks for example. I am also ineterested in the Indian Air Force, the HAL Tejas is a wonderful plane, developing your own indigenous design and eventually engine and radar system are no small task, cost over runs are more or less a normal part of developing a nascent aerospace industry. The problem with HAL is their hands are often tied by the byzantine Indian civilian administration who in my opinion, are far too in bed with Russian defence firms and would rather Indian continue importing Russian fighters than developign their own. Russia is a very helpful ally but you need to be hard on some allies as well. Russia has been a fair-weather partner, especially with the Admiral Gorshkov, talking about if India does not pay up the rest of the skyrocketing costs, they will simply requisite the Gorshkov themselves. As for the PLAAF, the J-6 (MiG-19) has bee completely retired as of 2006 except for limited training roles. J-7 (MiG-21) production ended in 2007 of which, out of the 500+ aircraft, 311 are the more advanced newly built J-7E/G variant. Large retirements are already under way and it is expected that they will all be retired in the next 5 to 6 years and been replaced by the J-10 or [i]possibly[/i] the JF-17/FC-1. There are only 50ish J-8IEs currently fielded and over 300 (more likely around 350-400) J-8IIB/D/H/Fs. The older J-8Bs will most likely be retired in 5 years. The J-8Ds are beign upgraded to J-8H standards. The J-8H/F are the newest, highest J-8 variant. They have full BVR MRAAM, look down/shoot up, multi-role capabilities and enhanced air to ground capabilities, new enigne, electronics, avionics etc. making them the equivalent of early 4th generation jet fighters. The number of improvements is rather long, so I'm not going to list everything :p Production of the J-8H has ended and limited production of the J-8F continues for the next couple of years. The J-10 and J-11 now are the real stars of the show. Most estimates put the current number of J-10s at 160-200 right now while there are 96 or so J-11As (production of the J-11A has ended and now only the J-11B is being produced) and about 25-50 J-11Bs up to around a total production run of 200. And thats only the Chinese made flankers, there are 76 Su-27SK/UBKs and 100 Su-30MKK/MK2s as well. Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:52, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

India has a long way to go. But the grt. thing about Asian Airforces is that 3 of them,(Russia, China and India) are in the top 5 airforces in the world. Not the same if you look at the army and specially with the navy. India is cathcing up with China and Russia, maybe we can be as good as them in lets say 15-20 years when we have the PAK FA, FGFA, MCA, LCH and OLH. And idnia has already taken a huge step forward with teh Tejas. At the end of the day its only the 3rd indeginous plane of India. HAl Dhruv has been exported to many countries and Soon BrahMos will be exported. Times look bright for India. Especially in the navy area, china hasn't done much in the past 5 Years and after ATV, BARAK 2, BrahMos 2 and Nirbhay we might just be ahead. But the pakistanis have done really well too, at the end of the day the Babur Cruise long range missile sent warning signals in India and Isreal. US didnt even know about it nor did India untill the day it was tested. But they helped India in a way as the Nirhay was sped up and it is to be tested in March so the asian scene is hottin up. Enthusiast10 (talk) 16:15, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

I tend not to consider Russia an Asian country, they are a post-colonial transcontinental state with interests in Europe, Caucasus, Black Sea, Central Asia, Pacific and Arctic Oceans etc. The BraMos is inded impressive, I certainly hope India can find an export market. In terms of naval advances China is in a state of investment after a state of perpetual neglect (The navy was always considered the most junior service in the PLA) where money is being put into research, design etc. and within the next few year. India indeed has a large depth in naval technology and building a carrier from scratch will certainly be one of the most impressive feats yet (although the Vikrant is still a LONG way from being completed). I believe the Indian Air Force though needs to focus inward on development, its important to be on good terms with countries such as Russia for joint projects especially in fields were there is much to learn, I personally can't wait to see the PAK FA prototype next year, but the Indian aerospace industry like HAL needs help to push it from a national aerospace company to one like Chengdu in China or Dassault in France or Saab in Sweden that can locally develop aircraft, test them, arm them, gain a contract for them and then export large amount of them to domestic and international markets. For example, the recent purchase of 80 Mil Mi-17V-5 helicopters. It was really completely out of the blue, there was no existing tender or competition for a new helicopter, there was no attempt to look into developing a medium-to-heavy load helicopter in the future themselves and no attempt to import them as knock-down kits so the very least HAL can assemble them. It wasn't even part of a long term deal of some sort. They just said would buy them, straight from Russia without any warning. I know that this deal is part of a larger deal relating to the Admiral Gorshkov and uranium but it seemed so... abrupt. Semi-Lobster (talk) 18:09, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

True with the Russia thing, but India feels obliged to buy from them at the end of the day most of our nuclear and space programs were funded and aided by them in the 1970s and 1980s. The BrahMos is really good but now we lab tested the BrahMos 1B which is hypersonic- Russia cant aid India with a long range one without disobeying the so called MCRT. It has though broken the law and made nulcear reactors but I dont think India wants to make Uncle Sam really angry. Already US doesn't like deals between India and Russia. I was South Block, a government office in India. My friend was there and he had just gone to the US foriegn office he told me that they confronted India and told us that they knew that Nirbhay and ATV had some Russian "connections". I dont seriously doubt that, eventually many say AAD has israeli missile booster technology and so does Agni-3. All I know all this might be true but surely there is something do with Russia especially with Indian navy- Nirbhay and ATV. But most probably this might just stop now that the navy is so angry about the carrier and the Akula lease deal. I still consider Russia as Asia but I wanted to ask you one thing how do u rank the airforces-my rankings- 1.USA; 2. Rus; 3.China; 4. India 5. France!! Chao Enthusiast10 (talk) 19:10, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Ranking is a bit diffcult, its not just about size or technology but about the air force's role for that country in addition to logistics, structure, training etc. , its not all about size IMO at all so an arbitrary ranking system would be pointless really. At the top obviously is the US, 2nd is Russia but after that things tend to get murky, there are so many things to consider and take account of such as power projection capability, the state of its aerospace manufacturing capacity, aircraft role, spare aircraft parts inventory, air lift capacity, training, surveillance and electronic warfare capabilities, national fuel reserve etc. Its a toss up of between China, France, Japan, India and even Sweden. There are far too many variables to pick and choose minutiae between 3rd, 4th or 5th. It may not be a satisfactory answer but I believe its 'too close to call'.

p.s. its Italian, its 'ciao' ;) Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:51, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

Shenyang J-13[edit]

Hi Semi-Lobster and thanks for the good job on this write-up.

I'm a little concerned, however, about the sources used – only the GlobalSecurity reference appears to qualify as a Reliable Source. Do you know of any other sources of information that can be used to verify the claims that can't be supported from GS? If not, the article might need to be trimmed back a bit to just what can be reliably supported. --Rlandmann (talk) 09:12, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Hahaha, ok I admit Global Security was a bit of padding, it was getting late and I wanted to go to bed so I put it in there until I could find something a little more concrete. I'll see what I can do for today or tommorow. Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:35, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
It's actually the other way around - Global Security is fine; it's the other sites that are the problem. --Rlandmann (talk) 20:43, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
The global security references is only like, 4 sentences, whats wrong with the other sites? One of them is in English, from one of the most respected Chinese defence websites and other is from one of the biggest Aersopace website/magazine in China? I know only three sources is a bit light but I've been a little busy to try to find more at the moment Semi-Lobster (talk) 21:09, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
Both and are Self-published sources; in other words, they are private websites where there is no indication of professional editorial review. As such, they do not qualify as reliable for Wikipedia's purposes.
If you want to use content from these sites as a reference, you must be able to show that the content in question was written by someone who has published professionally in this field. In the case of an article about an aircraft, for example, if you can show that an author who has published something on a private website has also had articles printed in Air & Space or AW&ST or Flight International, then you should feel free to use their privately-published material as well. --Rlandmann (talk) 11:02, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for the late response, a lot of things are going on in my life righ now. Well I'll search around for some additional sources and shoot some e-mails to get confirmation (the name Jack Collins rings bell but I can't quite put my finger on it, I'm pretty sure he wrote something) but like I said earlier, time is not exactly on my side, BTW just out of curiosity what has John Pike written for? Thanks for your time! Semi-Lobster (talk) 01:51, 13 December 2008 (UTC)
Pike wrote for the Federation of American Scientists and created their website ( that his Globalsecurity site grew out of. Some of his many credentials are listed in his article right here. It's safe to say that he can be considered a subject matter expert in his field. That's the kind of credentials we need for a self-published source... --Rlandmann (talk) 14:14, 16 December 2008 (UTC)
Ah, was just curious, thanks for clarifying that, much appreciated! :) Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:20, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

FC-1/JF-17 Article - Picture Update[edit]

Hi, this is Hj107, forgot the password so created a new user. You said I need to find a fair use image and put it up, but I'm not sure how. Would you mind if I paste some links of pictures here, with their sources, and then you go through them and add a suitable one to the page? Thanks. Hj108 (talk) 19:04, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Errr... I'm sort of busy, so I guess its up to you to find a Fair use image. A lot of Wikipedians get all riled up over fair use images and there are dozens of bots who scour wikipedia for non-fair use images so its much better time management to get it done right in the first place. 'Fair use' as the Wikipedia link goes on, is rather complicated (copyright laws of various countries), government websites (from cuontries who have fair use policies) are the best places to find fair use images, additionally, if you can find a picture taken of an FC-1/JF-17, you can contact that person and ask for his permission to use it. Semi-Lobster (talk) 19:26, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Poster about KLJ-7[edit]

Hello again, I found a poster by China Electronics Technology Group Corp. about the KLJ-7 radar, taken at a Chinese exhibition according to a person who posted the link on a forum. It is hosted on image shack, but it has a water mark. Could you advise me on whether I can upload it to wikipedia? It would be a good source for the KLJ-7 article. Here is the link: Hj108 (talk) 21:12, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Sorry for the late response, I've been very busy. The poster may be from China Electronics Technology Group Corp. but the picture is from the military news website so the image belongs to them. You cant really use an imageshack image as a source, you need an actual source of that picture. You're best bet is to find the article the image is originally from and use that as the source. The KLJ-7 family is a very interesting series of light radar, with a very wide range of capabilities. For example the KLJ-7E is only WVR combat while the new KLJ-7F is BVR capable. The only difference is that the KLJ-7E has seen very widespread use while the KLJ-7F is so new that no aircraft is currently equipped with it. BTW thank you for keeping an eye on several aircraft articles, while I've been busy, some of the edits on aircraft such as the J-10 and JF-17 are becoming ridiculously out of hand, especially using EXTREMELY unreliable sources and even using forums as sources! (which is one of the worst things you can put as a 'source') Thanks for keeping thing in check Hj108! Semi-Lobster (talk) 04:17, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
Err to be honest I haven't done any edits to the J-10 article so I can't really take the credit for that lol! I do intend to help clean up and improve that article too though, once I am satisfied with the JF-17 article (and the PAF inducts J-10B!!). My activities have been restricted to the JF-17 article and even there, MilborneOne and one or two others have been undoing the vandalism before I can! There is this one guy who keeps changing FC-1's TWR to 7.8 (LMAO! WTF?!) and it's max speed to Mach 2.02 or something - with no proper source. Right now I'm in an edit war with people who think the AIDC FCK-1 (you know, the Taiwanese IDF - they should have made it FCK-1T lol) and the YF-17 and the F-20 Tigershark shouldn't be in the comparable aircraft list, despite the fact that IDF's empty weight is almost identical to JF-17's! Do you think F-18 hornet should be in that list? I think so, but not sure because it is much heavier than JF-17, but still only a little heavier than F-16. Early versions of F-18 are comparable just as early versions of F-16 are comparable IMO.
Also, what are your sources for KLJ-7 variants? How can you know all these things!!! I wish I could read Chinese.
Btw which aircraft use KLJ-7E? I would guess J-8, but surely the finback can fit a much larger radar in it's radome? If JF-17 is BVR capable then it must use KLJ-7F, but you say no aircraft is currently equipped with it? I guess you mean currently cleared for operational service. Do you think the reports that NRIET is working on an AESA for the JF-17 are credible?
Yah, forum posts can't really be classed as sources lol, even when certain posters have inside knowledge - that kind of stuff shouldn't really be talked about in public anyway.
Hj108 (talk) 13:54, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
Ah, sorry about that, I'm getting everything all muddled around recently, I'm exhausted :p As for the J-10B, in December there were rumours everywhere about a test flight of an improved J-10 but so far there only has been Chinese forum speculation and a couple of blogs, without a picture, nothing is really definitive although perhaps we will see something in the new year, but once again, thats speculation. Also I haven't read any convincing that the 'FC-20' is nothing more than Pakistani internet fanboyism, lead on by a few brief, vague statements from the PAF. The F-CK-1 is an agile but underpowered aircraft but is one of the few exmples of of a light twin engine fighter (most twin engine aircraft tend to be much heavier). The F-20 Tigershark is ESSENTIAL for the listed aircraft given the development of the F-CK-1 was because of the cancellation of the F-20, and if you have the YF-17 listed, than theres really no need to add the F/A-18.

The KLJ-7E from what I've read is simply a copy (probably legally liscenced, China and Israel have had very good relations during the 80s and 90s) of the Israeli Elta EL/M2001 and is equipped with the PLAAF J-7Gs and all recent F-7 exports (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Namibia, Sri Lanka etc.). While therefore we can assume the KLJ-7F is a vastly improved variant of the original Israeli radar. The J-8Ds are being all upgraded to J-8H standards which is equipped with the very capable Type 1471/KLJ-1 radar (multimode PD radar, full air, ground and sea capabilities, maximum 75km range for targets with 3 square meters RCS, simultaneous 10 target tracking, and 2 target simultaneous engagement etc.) and the in production J-8F, the most advanced J-8 variant is equipped with the power Type 1492 radar which so far, has had very little information revealed on it. The Radar of the JF-17 is still... rather vague, its the same debate as the one last year, if a Grifo or Chinese radar will be used. As for AESA, I highly doubt the JF-17 will ever be equipped with AESA, AESA isn't something you can develop at the drop of a hat, it is an extremely difficult system to develop, so much so that the US is refusing any foriegn sale of any American AESA system until the F-35 is ready. Also it goes against the profile of the JF-17, which is to make money. It is designed as a capable, light multirole fighter for export to 3rd and 2nd world countries who cannot afford the latest fighter aircraft (which are also getting increasingly expensive). Since J-7 production has now ceased, Chengdu hopes the JF-17 will fill the F-7's export niche. In that case, AESA is the last thing they would want to export, the technology is too sensitive to really export and an AESA radar would put the JF-17 out of their customer base's buying ability. I haven't heard any rumours of a JF-17 with AES personally though other than that horrible 'JF-17X' article which was just terrible, and which I don't believe for a second. Hope that helps! Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:51, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Just a quick question regarding the HUD business on the J-10 and JF-17 articles. You know how they both say:

"When the Chinese Su-30MKK and Indian Su-30MKI were deployed in the humid subtropical and tropical zones, both experienced significant fogging problems with the Russian SILS-30 HUD. This was originally designed for the arid environment in arctic/subarctic zones, thus a great deal of effort was spent to solve this issue so that the holographic HUD of Chinese origin on JF-17 could be deployed in any environment like its western counterparts. Alternatively, western HUDs can be incorporated directly onto the aircraft with little effort due to the modular design and the adoption of the MIL-STD-1553B standard avionics. The HUD designed for the Chinese Chengdu J-10 multi-role fighter inherited the Russian/Soviet tradition of doubling as a radarscope, enabling the pilot to keep his eyes focused at infinity while working with his radar at the same time. This function, also available on JF-17, was originally reverse-engineered from MiG-23 fighters obtained from Egypt[citation needed] and was further expanded to include the projection of monochrome images from electro-optical pods carried by JF-17, though colour images still have to be displayed on the cockpit multi-function displays."

Do you think this information should be in the above two articles? Surely the Russian SILS-30 HUD has nothing to do with the aircraft's development or avionics/cockpit. Hj108 (talk) 14:15, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
If you can find proof (an article), then the paragraph works. Normally I'd look into it myself but like I said, I'm very busy this week. Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:51, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for your thoughts on the JF-17's comparable aircraft list - I will keep it as it is for now. You are right that there is a lot of Pakistani fanboyism regarding FC-20, but I'm convinced there is truth to it - although I can't find it now, I saw a video on Youtube of the PAF Air Chief Marshal talking about how they had evaluated "F-10A" and found it to be a great platform, with lots of fuel capacity and a big radome that could take large radars, but a newer improved version designated "FC-20" by the PAF would be procured and he was expecting 36 of them within next couple of years (video was out last year). I'm trying to take it with a grain of salt, but insiders (ex-fighter pilots, defence journalists with contacts, etc. - they said U214 would be ordered by PN months before it was announced) have confirmed it and even stated 36 may arrive at the end of this year. Not sure about the TVC and ESA radar, but I think the Air Chief mentioned that in the video too. Hard to believe really, but China has funded development of a 3D TVC AL-31 variant hasn't it? ESA radar for FC-20 sounds pretty unlikely too, but then again there are AESA radars on Chinese AWACS, both the KJ-2000 and KJ-200 (and newer Type 054 ships right?). Do you think PAF's Y-8 based AWACS (designated ZDK-03 by PAF) radar is a rotodome or balance-beam (KJ-200) design?

As for the JF-17 radar business. It has already been confirmed by the PAF's Air Chief that the first batch of JF will use the KLJ-7, that's why I was confused about the variants you mentioned and the radar being used by J-7s. The information that PAF followers have is that KLJ-7 is just a smaller variant of J-10's KLJ-10 radar. AFAIK the PAF got two Chinese radars (from two different labs) and evaluated each, the KLJ-7 won. They were going to get the winner to compete against Grifo S7 and other European radars but they have decided to stick with the Chinese radar for now, test pilots say it is "a pretty good radar." That's my understanding of it. It has also been confirmed by the Air Chief that JF-17s will equipped with KLJ-7, at least for the first batch. From what you're saying, it sounds like JF-17s radar is a scaled up J-7 radar rather than scaled down J-10 radar? Also, the Air Chief has said they are looking at (European) AESA options for later PAF JF-17 batches. Yeah, that Stealth JF-17X article is just laughable. Whoever typed that crap needs their fingers removed. I think it was just a mischievous Indian trying to bait the PAF fanboys (such as myself) lol. It didn't work of course! Hj108 (talk) 22:32, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Pakistan getting a J-10 variant is certainly viable but it very much depends on the Pakistani economy in the coming years and if it could afford it, but with the national debt Pakistan is carrying on its back, I can forsee delays in the future of any transfer, but once again, this is speculation. What sort of 'J-10' Pakistan will get on the otherhand is not even up to Chengdu but to the CCP, the SD-10s Pakistan was sold from the 'internet rumours' I've been hearing seem to be downgraded PL-12s rather than the same as the ones used by the PLAAF, in most cases th PAF would have the most contact with CAC rather than directly to Beijing. Once again, speculation, but it wouldn't surprise me if Chengdu officials promised an improved J-10 to Pakistani military officials before any sort of actual clearance was given from Beijing, but a little prodding by Chengdu may be enough. Its not unwillingness in my opinion but simply the CCP being very careful, after all the first real public display of the J-10 was only last year, I very much doubt that we will be seeing an Pakistani J-10s this year though. From what I've read nobody is developing an AL-31F variant, not only do Liming or Liyang not have a contract to produce the AL-31F, but from what I've read, all engine development is going into improving the WS-10 engine and a smaller, medium sized turbofan engines that people on the internet are calling the 'WS-12'. ESA development is some of the most important and sensitive research around so speculating on it is rather moot, but from what most Chinese BBS sites are saying is that PESA radar like the Rafale, rather than AESA will be used on future J-10s.
I haven't really been following the JF-17 so I didn't hear about the KLJ-7 being chosen, in all likelyhood the specific KLJ-7 variant used for the JF-17 will be the improved KLJ-7F since obviously the KLJ-7E would not be able to engage anything over 30km away. The KLJ-7E isn't a new radar at all, its been used around the world in F/J-7s for years now, I thought it was well known that it was a copy of the Israeli Elta EL/M2001. The 'F' is just an improved version of the of the 'E'. The JF-17X article was originally from some online Malayasian defence website I've never heard of. Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:41, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

I found a source on the PAF J-10 thing. This is an extract from an interview (shown in a newspaper and televised) with the PAF Air Chief:

Q. What are the options available for PAF to enhance its fleet, and what new fighter types are expected to join PAF in the next five years?
Ans. As I have mentioned earlier, we are keeping all available options open and want a well balanced multirole jet fighter aircraft. We will be inducting 18 new F-16C/Ds and most probably will use our option of 18 more after the first squadron will be operational. We will also be inducting 26 MLU F-16A/B as well as our existing fleet of 34 aircraft will also undergo the MLU upgrades. 150 JF-17 Thunders and 36 F-10A aircraft will also be joining PAF, and more F-10s can be expected. Most probably we will also purchase FC-20 fighter aircraft from China.

That's all he mentions regarding the J-10 in this interview. I could have sworn he mentioned 36 FC-20 would be procured in another video interview - I guess they are indeed playing games with us as you suggested lol! You're probably right that more J-10 after the initial 36 will depend on economic conditions - hopefully they don't get too much worse. Hj108 (talk) 16:03, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Ah, thanks for that info, do you have a link though? It sounds pretty interesting, I'd like to see it myself. Semi-Lobster (talk) 13:48, 21 January 2009 (UTC)
It's not the original source, but I can verify that this is definitely the actual transcript of the interview. Hj108 (talk) 14:30, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Err... woops, I guess this happebed because I posted so early in the morning. I was actually thinking of the KLJ-[b]6[/b] series, not the KLJ-7. The KLJ-6 is not related to the KLJ-7.... err... sorry about that. I usually edit very early in the morning before work so sometimes I may not be as... careful as I should, I'm really sorry about that. Semi-Lobster (talk) 13:57, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Haha, no problem mate - we all make mistakes, it happens to the best of us! So is it safe to assume KLJ-7 may indeed be a smaller KLJ-10 (which I believe is fitted to J-10A)?
Also, I found a source talking about FC-20 What do you make of the "Russian TVC engines" part?
I have also just read that it is confirmed PAF's ZDK-03 is the KJ-200 - I guess you already knew that though, it was on Tphuang's blog. Hj108 (talk) 16:05, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Also, I assume you have seen this already but this is why many think of KLJ-7 as a smaller KLJ-10: Of course, it is a Janes Defence article and I understand their articles on the Chinese military are not reliable. Hj108 (talk) 13:43, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
I'm not sure about the Russian TVC engine. We would have heard about it or information would have been leaked by now by Rosoboronexport since they like to publicise EVERYTHING for the most part. Unless Pakistan specified it (which I doubt since they don't operate any Russian aircraft and Russian engines are notoriously finnicky with a low lifespan) I doubt there would be a Russian engine beyond the RD-93 as China tries to corner the market on Pakistan. Semi-Lobster (talk)
Jane's is a bit of a cold war relic when it comes to their sources and focus so its safe to take their news on non-NATO and non-Russian equipment with a grain of salt but this information is VERY specific, it sounds like its from an official press release so I think the information is likely correct. Semi-Lobster (talk) 14:16, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for your insight. I'm with you on the Russian TVC engine, I really don't see why J-10 needs TVC anyways. Hj108 (talk) 13:48, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

T-50 Golden Eagle[edit]

Good work on the T-50 article. It is filling in nicely. Take it easy. -Fnlayson (talk) 15:40, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks Fnlayson, I just hope to keep things tidy, I think the T-50 is one of those aircraft with a lot of potential but is generally overlooked so a little attention goes a long way I guess. As more information is released on the F/A-50 in the coming years, I believe that to avoid cluttering the T-50 page, eventually a seperate F/A-50 page should be made, but that won't be for a very long time. Semi-Lobster (talk) 16:31, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

Citation for J-10B[edit]

Hi. Thanks for placing the lack of citation tag on the "J-10B" section of the Chengdu J-10. I have added a suitable citation to ensure that the information is verifiable. Cheers. Cheese1125 (talk) 18:26, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

The Flight Global citation only says that the J-10 will be exported as the FC-10, it doesn't say anything about an advanced J-10 variant at all, there is no mention in the entire article about any aircraft called the FC-20 or J-10B. Semi-Lobster (talk) 18:56, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

JF-17 article Design section[edit]

I recently re-wrote this with new subheadings and a bit more content. I added a section on the Flight Control System using information from the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex website ( - the website is down at the time of writing this), but I'm not sure if it is accurate. This is what the section says so far:

===Flight Control System===
JF-17 has a composite flight control system (FCS), comprising of conventional controls with stability augmentation in the yaw and roll axis and a digital fly by wire (FBW) system in the pitch axis, although this is planned to be upgraded into a full digital quadruplex fly by wire system.
To improve aircraft maneuverability, JF-17 is designed to be statically unstable. Relaxed static stability (RSS) means that the aircraft cannot fly in a straight line, it would continuously wander (oscillate) off the intended flight path. Relaxed static stability is induced by moving the centre of lift in front of the centre of gravity. Leading edge extensions increase forward lift as well, making the aircraft more unstable. The fly by wire computers keep the aircraft in control by using sensors to monitor the aircraft's attitude and continuously moving the control surfaces to keep the aircraft in controlled smooth flight. The computers also respond to the pilot's instructions via the centre stick to make the aircraft fly in the desired direction.
The leading edge slats/flaps and trailing edge flaps are adjusted by the flight control system automatically during maneuvering to increase turning performance, especially at high angle of attack.

Problem is the PAC website talks about FBW in pitch axis, stability augmentation in the others, computer-controlled slats/flaps and so on (the first and last paragraph shown above), but it doesn't mention whether the jet actually has relaxed static stability. I always thought it did because it has FBW and big LERX and I read a debate on sinodefenceforum where Crobato confirmed it is almost certainly unstable, at least in pitch. But after reading this interview: the interviewer is told that "a unique feature of JF-17 aircraft is that it can fly like a conventional aircraft even when all its flight control computers fail. This arrangement is an added safety feature, which provides an additional advantage to the aircraft without any adverse effects."

I'm not sure what to do, I'm considering taking the middle paragraph out of the article since I can't find a source that confirms it. I would appreciate your opinion! (sorry for the really long explanation, I know you're busy!) Hj108 (talk) 22:19, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

Sorry about the late response, I am pretty sick right now, but I'll try my best to respond. Crobato is a very talented and knowledgeable person but in the end 'he's just a guy on the internet'. In the end it may turn out he is right but, I read the discussion but its not like we can use him as a source or anything. We should only rely on verifiable information with sources including the interview. BTW I'm getting a bit dizzy so I'll be going to bed soon but it seems an anonymous user has messed around with the fourth generation page. Maybe we should have it semi-protected so at least we can deal with them because this is getting out of hand. Semi-Lobster (talk) 02:42, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the response, get well soon!
I will re-write the FCS section and incorporate information from the interview on the FC-1 article. I have removed the paragraph referring to negative stability from the article.
You are right about the 4th gen page needing semi-protection, there is a lot of fanboyism, especially from the anonymous users. Some people ignore certain facts while highlighting others to come up with biased conclusions. Recently the JF-17 page was semi-protected, it has expired now but I have asked the moderator to put it back on, he hasn't yet. During that period there was no vandalism whatsoever! Hj108 (talk) 13:40, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

List of Chinese Aircraft article[edit]

Hi lobster, just wanted to ask if there is really such thing as the J-4? It is right at the top of the combat aircraft list, but the first line of the article states designations normally start at 5 by convention. Can you clarify? Also, at sinodefence I noticed that not only is there no article on the "J-4," but no article on the J-6 either. Have they not created a J-6 article or have they removed it? Just because it is no longer in service, doesn't mean the article should be removed. It is an important aircraft in the history of not only the PLAAF but other air forces too. Hj108 (talk) 18:46, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

There's no such thing as a J-4, Chinese MiG-15s were just called '米格-15' which means MiG-15. There is an article on the J-6 on sinodefence Semi-Lobster (talk) 03:59, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for that info! I will edit the Chinese Aircraft page.Hj108 (talk) 13:06, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

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Hello, how are you. I noticed you were interested in a new picture for the J-13 article. However, since the item never came into production, and also that there are several J-13s, which are overlapping designations by various, but discrete projects. Dark Liberty (talk) 03:20, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

  • Click here. Click here. the only ones I found that was of significant interest. However, we have to ask permission from the artist for the first picture. The second picture isn't my taste, and the third is a link for reference for the second picture and there a 3rd picture there. Dark Liberty (talk) 02:02, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
    • Sorry about the slow response, I've been a bit tied up recently. I think the best way to find a better picture (or most likely, a 3D model) would be from a Chinese government website which are generally covered under Fair Use laws. As you already mentioned there are many overlapping projects that were part of the J-13 program but the one I found years ago was that tiny red one that is pretty small and not a good representation of further J-13 development. Semi-Lobster (talk) 19:16, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

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Tanks and guns of comparable role, performance and era[edit]

Hello Semi-Lobster,

Many thanks for the edits and supplements you have made to the section on various articles. I also tried to start removing the explicit wording of "equivalent to" in those comparisons. However, it seems now very tidy and much better with the alphabetic sequence. Might you also have a look on that similar subject? Since User:Rcbutcher is unwilling to fulfill my request after he started this section and widespread it numerous. Please tell me what you think of it. Thank you for your consideration. Regards Bouquey (talk) 20:08, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

  • Perhaps I could, its always bit subjective to juggle around vague terms like 'equivalency'. I guess I could do something similar for some other tanks, as objectively as possible in the near future. Semi-Lobster (talk) 22:11, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

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