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Whiteman_B2 wrote:Anyone care to speculate as to how the Lightning (or even the Raptor) would fare against the "best" the PROC has to offer?
I agree with the majority of TS's comment except for, as we have established (much to my dismay), the -35 is not (yet) cleared for AIM-9X carriage and employment.
174Cobra wrote:Seems a little too much like the no-gun F-4's getting out-turned and taken out by cannon-equipped MiG-19's and -21's over Vietnam a few years back.
Whiteman_B2 wrote:My concern isn't at all about technological superiority, it's obvious who has the ace in that game, we do. However, the Chinese military doctrine is much like the old Soviet doctrine, "what we lack in technology, we'll make up for in sheer numbers". In other words, in their view, they can overwhelm a technologically superior enemy by simply throwing a huge number of "clay pigeons" up against them. So, I suppose the real question is, how would USAF and other NATO forces fare if the Chinese decide to build and field 10,000 of their "best" fighter jets, be it the J-10 or a future design?
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