British Army Journal analysis of future Chinese fighter export trends and challenges
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In recent years, China and Pakistan jointly developed the JF-17 “Lightning” fighter, appeared frequently on major air show, the Pakistani pilots driving advanced “Lightning” fighter has a very exciting flight demonstrations. Many of the world audience amazed at the ability of the production of modern fighter.
“Flight International” magazine recently published an article, the future trend of exports of Chinese fighter, and pointed out that the Chinese military aircraft in the open before the international market have advantages and face defects.
China and Pakistan will be “lightning” to the world
Pakistan Air Force leaders has been very optimistic about the JF-17 fighters, and commends this nickname “lightning service “fighter” further closer relations between Islamabad and Beijing. ”
“Flight International” magazine commentator Greg Val DeLong stressed the need to Yang Wei is the chief architect of the JF-17 fighters, he is also a Chinese F-10 fighter jet and F -20 invisible the designer of the fighter, the young chief architect often participate in the international air show to introduce the characteristics and performance of the JF-17 fighters.
endless praise reflects the international defense media optimistic about the JF-17 fighters, because it is the Cold War era of cheap fighters (such as the Northrop F-5 fighters and MiG – 21 fighters) who in the 21st century successor. Although the latest model of the JF-17 fighters have not yet fully open world market, but planning for the future of the Chinese military aircraft exports, JF-17 fighter is absolutely one of the most potential models.
JF-17 fighters in the future the importance of the Chinese aircraft exports, there are some disputes, Pakistani military officials have stressed that this project is the outcome of the joint efforts of China and Pakistan, but as the aircraft design and producers, the Chinese fighter’s performance directly reflects the technical level of China’s future military aircraft. At present, China is static quietly overseas exports small quantities of various types of aircraft, including advanced jet trainer aircraft, multi-purpose helicopters and transport planes. Sometimes pop up on other military aircraft sold to foreign news, but usually limited the number of transactions in these aircraft, and export the object of many countries in Africa and South America.
China Aviation Technology Import and Export Corporation is a state-owned enterprises, the tasks of the Chinese military aircraft exported to overseas. In the past 30 years, the company exports to countries around the world customers over 1400 aircraft, and has 35 offices around the world. Deputy General Manager of China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation Tsengwen (phonetic), mentioned that “In 2011, the company received a number of important achievements including, the JF-17 fighter contract with Pakistan to continue, and for the transportation -8 transport aircraft, MA-60 aircraft and the H425 helicopter has signed multiple agreements. “
the next five years export 300″ lightning “
Chinese fighter export accurate data is difficult to obtain, “analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group, complained. He believes that China is currently the world market have not have much impact on major customers are unable to buy a more advanced fighter country. The JF-17 is a relatively practical and cheap fighter for Pakistan is ideal for the future there will be some markets in some countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Stockholm, Sweden, International Peace Research Institute provides a rough assessment of the value of the exports of a Chinese military aircraft. 2001 to 2011, China’s total exports of military aircraft at about $ 3.2 billion, an annual average of $ 320 million. During the same period, U.S. military aircraft exports at $ 45.8 billion, while exports of Russian military aircraft of $ 34.7 billion. “In recent years, China to increase export volume of China-made aircraft, but its main customers are still in Pakistan, senior researcher at the Institute, Peter Wei Zeman pointed out that” If China’s exports to other countries JF-17 or F-10 fighter jet such as Egypt or Azerbaijan, it would be a major breakthrough. ”
Forecast International research firm Far East researcher Stuart Slade think, into the low-end market has achieved considerable success, especially those who not have access to advanced weapons in the West because of political factors countries. As aircraft suppliers, they also established a set of economic measures to provide customers with cash and loan support.
work closely with our Pakistani friends, China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation has determined to obtain the “breakthrough”. Aviation experts Ouizman told Flight International magazine, China and Pakistan want to export 300 JF-17 fighters in the next five years. So far, only the Pakistan Air Force ordered the fighters determine the order quantity is 150, while senior officials of the Pakistan Air Force has declared that they may end up ordering more than 200 JF-17 fighters. China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation for the “Lightning” fighter, it is important markets, including Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
and Pakistani joint efforts to explore the market in the past held several Air Show has been reflected in the Russian fighter export , which also attracted the attention of the Western major aviation manufacturers. When the JF-17 fighters to enhance the China Aviation’s external public relations and overseas markets, compared with Western Air Weapons Corporation, China still lack some of the seasoned experience, but aviation in the third world arms market, than their opponents – Russia, more skilled in how to carry out marketing offensive. However, Moscow has a rich history in terms of export fighter, and China is currently very dependent on Russia’s Sukhoi series of fighter aircraft such as Su-27 and Su-30. China is quietly catching up, hope to get more market share.at the Zhuhai Airshow China in 2010 in
, Pakistan Air Force sent a strong delegation, the JF-17 fighter jets to a hot topic of public opinion. In the air show, the defense experts summed up the top five selling points of this aircraft: cheap, strong viability, good flexibility, easy maintenance and the ability to launch a mortal blow. Among them, the concern is the JF-17 fighters, “cheap”, followed by routine maintenance of security, and the cost is not high.
JF-17 fighters to face the West’s existing advanced fighter aircraft did not have much advantage, but it is after all able to provide on the 1990s Western fighter combat capability and performance, but some systems and the ability to close the current level. The JF-17 fighters maximum external hanging load of 3.6 tons, can be equipped with weapons, including short-range missiles and a BVR AAM. Other weapons and sensors including the LT-2 laser-guided bombs and WMD-7 all-weather laser designator pod, C802A anti-ship missiles, and KG300GSPJ air of self-protection jamming pod.
In addition, the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation and Pakistan to recognize that a critical problem, that is, fighters from start to finish maintenance issues. Russian aircraft in history, people criticized a major drawback is the lack of spare parts and carrying out major repairs are often dragged. A former Air Force logistics officer in Malaysia in 2011, told the “Flight International” magazine, they have a Mig-29 fighter engine there is a problem, sent to Russia for repair it took a year, “Maintenance is a nightmare . ” Chinese military aircraft service as an important competitive force.
however, to further open the international market, China also solve many problems, such as reliable production quality of aero-engine production and proper service and maintenance. China’s JF-17 fighters still need to import the Russian engine, so the only independent production of aircraft engines, the only real threats and challenges to the Russian fighter export.
[Note]: See July 21, the rule of law Digest “version 4; original title,” China is looking forward fighter export breakthrough
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