USA and Turkey to renegotiate the F-35 deal. Read it last night.
@JamD ...imagine the irony if this ends up happening...plus WS-10-ed TFX...In fact, the current debate in defense circles is more about whether the J-10C could be an alternative instead of than the acquisition of the new F-16.
In a part of the Kaner Kurt's Cem Doğut vlog about on the development, current status of the J-10 variants; some important determinations made on this Q: Could the J-10 be an alternative option for the Turkish Air Force?
It is a Pakistan effect, and Pakistan's move is also an exemplary step taken against an enemy force with Rafale and Russian air defense systems, in focus. For this reason, since this news came out, it has been followed closely in Turkish defense circles as well as Pakistani defense circles.
China approved the J-10C for export several years ago along with an export variant of the PL-15. So, the export designations for both are J-10CE and PL-15E.Pakistan has very problematic relation with US and this affecting many strategies of the air force. I don't know because of this or not, but as a result, Pakistan puts J-10C against India's Rafale move. And Rafale is a counter force aircraft not only for Pakistan but also for Turkiye. You can find many similarities where the conditions of TR and Pakistan are close to each other. So basically, does China's opening of this system to Pakistan mean that it opens J10s to export, or is this just a special case for Pakistan? For a more detailed discussion, of course, it is necessary to know the answer to this question.
Are these fighters that Pakistan will acquire, especially about radar suite and long-range A-A (Pl-15s) missiles, exactly the same as the system used by China, or will they be exported in downgraded versions? To what extent does China have a clear policy on the use of different groups of ammunition in the systems it exports? Lastly, Is the maneuvering and close combat capabilities of the J-10C at -low altitude at low speed- as good as Rafale, or with which platforms can it be compared?
So, of course, I am making a one-sided opinion, without knowing China's policies in this area: However, recent J-10 cooperation between Pakistan and China can be key model in increasing the global influence of Chinese aviation.
As I write all this, I am equally aware of the technical difficulty (in terms of TAF) of this job. However, if certain conditions are met, you add an unknown X factor to the equation, which can be defined as the surprise factor.
Still, F-16s are the fastest and easiest way for Turkiye. However, it is not the only way. Turkiye is not after a final solution, policies and investments for national aviation are already underway. What is being sought is a stop-gap solution.
I don't wish this to happenIf this happens (big if) then WS10ed TFX is a done deal.
Project AZM will become that TFX. There is some groundwork in that direction already that may not lead to anything though.I don't wish this to happen
Because if this happened,PAF will just buy TFX ( now it will be ITAR free ( engine from China,jet from Turkyie)).The very first thing they will do is that they will just abandon project azm at slightest confirmation of WS 10 -ed TFX.
Was there any progress on the design work you shared here few months ago?Project AZM will become that TFX. There is some groundwork in that direction already that may not lead to anything though.