Chinese experts have frequently cited the progress of the J-10 to ridicule the Tejas and never forget to criticize Indian Tejas fighter, but now China using Tejas fighter aircraft clip as a J-10 fighter in their latest propaganda video.
Over the past week, Chinese state media outlets have been celebrating the country’s achievements in various domains as China gears up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Outlets like Global Times, Xinhua and China Global Television Network (CGTN) have highlighted the achievements of China in spheres such as science, infrastructure, economy and defence as well as the people behind them.
On Sunday, CGTN shared a video profiling Fei Dong, a pilot of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, who flies the J-10 fighter. The J-10 is considered one of the most important fighters in the PLAAF fleet in terms of numbers. China has steadily worked to improve the aircraft and introduce indigenous technology, in particular engines, to it.
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Chinese experts have frequently cited the progress of the J-10 to ridicule the slow pace of progress of India’s indigenous Tejas.
However, CGTN, or possible the PLAAF, may have made a blooper in the video. Indian Twitter users on Thursday claimed that footage of the aircraft purportedly dropping a bomb (seen around 0.15-0.17 seconds) in the CGTN video was suspiciously similar to the Tejas dropping a bomb.
The footage of the Tejas dropping a US-made Paveway laser-guided bomb was from the Iron First exercise at Pokhran in early 2013. During the exercise, the Tejas launched a laser-guided bomb and fired a Russian-made R-73 air-to-air missile.