New J10-C or Iconic F-16: Which Pakistani Fighter Jet is Better? [Comparison]

With just days remaining in the National Day Parade, the excitement among the public to witness the fighter jets performing aerial maneuvers above the Parade Ground is at an all-time high.

Talking of fighter jets, one name that immediately comes to mind is F-16. In 1983, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) acquired the first batch of F-16 jets from the US. The first Pakistani F-16 was flown by Squadron Leader Shahid Javed at PAF Base Sargodha which is now known as PAF Base Mushaf.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter jet. It was initially designed as an air superiority day fighter aircraft. It later evolved into a formidable all-weather multirole jet.

Despite manufacturing the JF-17 fighters in collaboration with China in February 2010, F-16s still remain relevant in the national aerial defense and they will continue to do so in coming years.

Before inducting the JF-17s, PAF also used A-5C, J-7, Mirage III, and Mirage V jets to guard the aerial boundaries of Pakistan for decades.

F-16s, JF-17s, and the recently inducted J10-Cs now constitute the primary aerial defense of the country. PAF inducted the J-10C fighter jets after acquiring them from China in just eight months rather than years that defense manufacturers normally take to deliver a fighter jet such as the J-10C.

The J-10C fighter jet is a multi-role combat aircraft capable of all-weather operations. It is primarily designed for air-to-air combat but it can perform strike missions as well.

In the last article of this special series, we compared JF-17 and J-10C. In the latest edition, we are going to compare F-16 and J-10C. So without further ado, let’s dive straight into it.

Basic Description

While the F-16 is lighter than J-10C and belongs to a previous generation, both have a similar engine and are designed for a similar role.

Attributes F-16 J-10C
Weight Light-weight Medium-weight
Engine Single-engine Single-engine
Generation 4th generation 4.5th generation
Role Multi-role Multi-role

General Characteristics

The length of F-16 is shorter than J-10C while its fuel capacity is also significantly lower than J-10C. Both jets have almost similar remaining features.

Features F-16 J-10C
Crew 2 1
Length 49 feet 5 inches 55 feet 2 inches
Wingspan 32 feet 8 inches 32 feet 2 inches
Height 16 feet 18 feet 8 inches
Wing area 300 sq. ft. 400 sq. ft.
Empty weight 8,936 kg 9,750 kg
Max takeoff weight 16,875 kg 19,277 kg
Fuel capacity 8,618 kg 7,380 kg
Powerplant 1 × Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 afterburning turbofan, 79 kN thrust dry, 131.5 kN with afterburner 1 x WS-10B afterburning turbofan engines, 89.17 kN thrust dry, 142 kN with afterburner

Performance

F-16 has a superior maximum speed and ferry range compared to the J-10. The rest of the characteristics are almost identical.

Characteristics F-16 J-10C
Maximum Speed Mach 2.05 Mach 1.8
Ferry Range 4,217 km 2,950 km
Service ceiling 58,000 feet 56,000 feet
G limits +9 +9/-3
Thrust/weight 1.09 1.10

Armament

Both jets are loaded with a wide range of guns, rockets, air-to-air missiles, and air-to-surface missiles.

Weapons F-16 J-10C
Guns 1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon, 511 rounds 1× Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23
Hardpoints 2 × wing-tip air-to-air missile launch rails, 6 × under-wing, and 3 × under-fuselage pylon (2 of 3 for sensors) stations with a capacity of up to 7,700 kg of stores 11 (6× under-wing, 2× under-intake and 3× under-fuselage) with a capacity of 5600 kg of external fuel and ordnance
Rockets LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19/7 × Hydra 70 mm/APKWS rockets, respectively

LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19 × CRV7 70 mm rockets)

LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4 × Zuni 127 mm rockets)

90 mm unguided rocket
Air-to-air Missiles AIM-9 Sidewinder

AIM-120 AMRAAM

IRIS-T

Python-4

Python-5

PL-8

PL-10

PL-12

PL-15

Air-to-surface Missles AGM-65 Maverick

AGM-88 HARM

AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)

AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)

KD-88

YJ-91

Anti-ship Missiles AGM-84 Harpoon

AGM-119 Penguin

Bombs CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition

CBU-89 Gator mine

CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon

Mark 84 general-purpose bombs

Mark 83 GP bombs

Mark 82 GP bombs

GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)

GBU-10 Paveway II

GBU-12 Paveway II

GBU-24 Paveway III

GBU-27 Paveway III

Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) series

Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD)

B61 nuclear bomb

B83 nuclear bomb

250 kg and 500 kg Pre-fragmented bomb

LT-2

LS-6

GB3

GB2A

GB3A

FT-1

 

Avionics

F-16 J-10C
AN/APG-68 radar Type 1473H pulse-doppler fire control radar
MIL-STD-1553 bus K/JDC01A targeting pod
Type Hongguang-I infra-red search and track pod
CM-802AKG targeting pod for KD-88 and YJ-91
KG600 electronic countermeasure pod
Blue Sky navigation/attack pod

Variants

F-16 J-10C
F-16A J-10A
F-16B J-10AH
F-16C J-10S
F-16D J-10SH
F-16E J-10B
F-16F J-10B TVC Demonstrator
F-16IN J-10C
F-16IQ J-10CE
F-16N
F-16V
QF-16

 

Operators

F-16 J-10C
US China
Pakistan Pakistan
Bahrain
Chile
Denmark
Egypt
Greece
Indonesia
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Morocco
Netherlands
Oman
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Singapore
South Korea
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
UAE
Venezuela

Note that Pakistan is the first country that has acquired the J10-C from China and most details of the export variant of the Chinese fighter jet are yet to be revealed officially.


  • Lol..please do us a favour and stop posting about stuff you don’t know. It’s all wrong info. F-16 is neither a light weight nor a 4th gen. Its both medium weight and 4.5 gen in block 70/72.


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