The Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon is a single-engine lightweight multirole aircraft operated by People’s Liberation Army Airforce. Huge numbers over 450 plus airframes are in operational service. J-10 took its first flight on 23rd March 1998 and entered operational services in 2006. There are three main variants of J-10 namely the J-10A, J-10B and newest J-10C.
The airframe is tailless delta wing with canards. The airframe is constructed with metal alloys and composite material. J-10A is powered by Russian AL-31FN engine. Later the J-10B and C have been spotted with Chinese WS-10B engines. Much of the avionics and electronic suite of Chinese made aircraft are kept away from the public domain. The cockpit is full glass comprising three main multifunction displays and HUD. J-10A incorporates an antenna array radar while J-10B and C are said to have AESA radars. J-10 is quite a manoeuvrable jet, a thrust vectoring engine J-10B was displayed at Zhuhai Airshow 2018, that was seen with enhanced manoeuvring characteristics and it even managed to pull notorious Pugachev Cobra manoeuvre.