- Dec 17, 2014
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I don’t think it would be cleared for export for some time. The PAF would have to produce a fighter equipped with the WS-15 first, I’d assume, and it doesn’t look like the idea of a WS-15 equipped J-10 is gaining any traction, regardless of how many times it has been suggested, by myself and others.Why not WS-15, albeit an "export" version?
Even a 170 kn export version of WS-15 on a follow up single engine stealth fighter derivative of the the J-10 (similar to the SAAB FS-2020 design) has been called a waste, apparently because China is moving on to 6 th generation jets and drone swarms to match the U.S. NGAD programs.
When we see why is required to designate an aircraft a 6th Gen fighter, I will try to come back to the design of the SAAB FS2020 and see if I can still advocate for a similar/updated design is still a viable replacement of the JF-17; the backbone fighter of the PAF, in manned and unmanned variants.