- Pak is buying fighter jets from China to compete with India’s Rafale
- China has made J-10 by copying the technology of Israel’s IAI Lavi
- Israel had stopped this project in 1987 at the behest of America.
Fearing India’s Rafale, Pakistan is buying J-10 fighter jets from its all-time friend China. China has designed the J-10 by copying Israel’s Lavi fighter aircraft. Israel had stopped the project of making the Lavi fighter plane 34 years ago from today. Pakistan announced last week that it was going to buy 25 J-10 fighter jets from China.
Silence from China on Sheikh Rashid’s announcement
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid announced that Chinese J-10 fighter jets would act as a counterweight against India’s Rafale. However, China and Pakistan have not yet made any official comment on this statement of Sheikh Rashid. The whole world knows that every fighter aircraft of China is made by copying the technology of some country. J-10 is also one such fighter aircraft.
China’s J-10 is based on Israel’s IAI Lavi
China’s J-10 fighter aircraft is based on the IAI Lavi developed by Israel Aircraft Industries. Israel closed this multi-million dollar project in the year 1987. Twelve out of 13 ministers in the cabinet of the then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir gave their support for the closure of this project. The cabinet, approving Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres’s proposed $100 million budget, ordered Israel Aerospace Industries to develop the technology of the future.
Israel closed the project under pressure from America
According to several reports, Israel closed the IAI Lavi project under pressure from the then US President Ronald Reagan. The Reagan administration ordered the closure of this Israeli project. Then the US had offered that after closing this project, it would work with Israel to develop future technology. The US offered to help Israel develop research and development infrastructure for the defense industries.
How powerful is the J-10 fighter plane
China has the largest number of J-10 fighter aircraft. There are believed to be around 488 J-10 variants in the Aviation Wing of the Chinese Air Force and the Chinese Navy. Introduced in 2005, the J-10 is a single-engine multirole fighter with a delta wing and canard design. The J-10 is fitted with 11 hardpoints, an active electronically scanned array radar and a 23 mm gun. It is believed that it can fly at a speed of Mach 2 to an altitude of about 60,000 feet.
America’s hand in making China powerful
Today the Chinese Air Force has the fifth generation J-20 fighter aircraft. Even though China has made it by stealing the technology of the US Air Force’s F-35, but it has at least the power to dodge the radar. Because of this, he keeps threatening his neighboring countries every day. The J-8II fighter aircraft, built in collaboration with the American aircraft manufacturer Grumman, is now obsolete. At present, China has prepared many advanced fighter aircraft using the technology of this aircraft, including the J-10 multirole fighter aircraft.
Sino-US friendship was deep in 1979
The story of Grumman’s involvement in the Chinese J-8II fighter aircraft program began in 1979. At that time the relationship between the US and China was going through the strongest phase. In the same year, the US government recognized Beijing as the official capital of China and rejected Taipei’s claim as the capital of Taiwan. With this, a new trade and diplomatic relationship started between China and America. This new relationship also affected the global arms market.