Jian-10, China's home-made new
generation fighter plane, is the product of the country's push for innovation.
China's indigenous third-generation Jian-10 (Fighter-10)
makes its debut in Beijing January 5, 2007. The airplane is manufactured
by the China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) based on the
country's own Intellectual Property Rights. [Xinhua]
The plane, along with missiles, developed by China Aviation Industry Corp I
(AVIC I), will narrow China's technology gap with developed countries.
"China has become the world's fourth country to develop its own advanced
fighter planes, engines and missiles," AVIC I Vice-President Geng Ruguang said
At a rare press conference held in Beijing, the AVIC I executive said the
indigenously developed Jian-10, and the fourth-generation air-to-air missiles
had been deployed in the air force.
Apart from the Jian-10, AVIC I has also developed the Taihang turbofan
engine, heralding China's third generation military aero-engines, Geng said.
"With the goal of building a creative company, we have vigorously promoted
innovation. As a result, a batch of aviation achievements have been made," Geng
The press meet followed a brief military announcement on December 29 that the
air force of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) had been equipped with the
home-made, new-generation Jian-10, or Fighter-10.
The force's "overall battle effectiveness has been noticeably enhanced" with
the equipment and through intensive drills and training, and the country's
defense capability has improved further.
On Friday, Geng said Jian-10 had a multitude of new technology with multiple
In a five-minute video clip shown to the media, the aircraft was seen flying
in formation, firing missiles and refuelling in the air.
The AVIC I-affiliated Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corp in Southwest China's
Sichuan Province started developing Jian-10 in 1986.
It has two models, a one-seater and a two-seater, said Yang Wei, chief of
Jian-10's designer Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute.
Besides those in Chengdu, at least 100,000 people from across more than 100
factories and institutes were involved in designing and making of Jian-10, said
Liu Gaozhuo, former AVIC I president and a chief commander of the fighter
"Jian-10 is comparable to the mainstream fighter planes of developed
countries," Liu was quoted by the China Aviation News as saying on Friday "With
its success we'll have a platform for developing later models of fighter
Experts said China was becoming increasingly transparent with its military
sector. The State Council Information Office released a White Paper on national
defense on December 29, which said the air force was working on an
"informationalized" air fighting force both with offensive and defensive
Not the best, but still good
The home-grown new
generation fighter plane, Jian-10, may not rival the US fourth-generation
aircraft in performance, but its basic design and onboard equipment are
comparable to those of Western mainstream fighter aircraft, military observers
Jian-10 will help the Chinese Air Force improve its defense capabilities and
expedite weapon modernization.
Associated Press: Friday's public announcement reflects the government's and
its developers' growing confidence in Jian-10, Asia Pacific bureau chief of
Jane's Defense Weekly Robert Karniol said.
"It does represent some achievement on China's part. It reflects a growing
sophistication," Karniol said.
The plane, however, has yet to prove its ability in combat, he said. Also, in
the past China did not have much success with engine development, he