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China's J-10 Fighter Jet: Could it Take on the Air Force's Best in a Dogfight?

Overall, the J-10 is a competent design that offers good capability at modest prices. More importantly, it is an indigenous aircraft where China more or less developed most of the intellectual property itself. As such, the Chinese have gained valuable experience in developing fighter aircraft, which they have applied to creating the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter and other follow-on jets. Moreover, the J-10 is an aircraft that can be produced in numbers, giving the PLAAF volume. The jet, is therefore, a useful addition to the PLAAF fleet.