Bear Studios Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon: A Review of the FS2004 and FSX Add-on
If you are looking for a realistic and immersive simulation of a modern Chinese fighter jet, you might want to check out the Bear Studios Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon add-on for FS2004 and FSX. This add-on features a detailed and accurate representation of the J-10, a multirole fighter aircraft designed and produced by the People's Republic of China's Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
The J-10, which entered service in 2005, is a 3rd+ generation multi-role combat aircraft capable of all-weather day/night operation. It has a delta wing design with canards and a single engine, and can carry a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. The J-10 is also known as the \"Vigorous Dragon\", and is the most important aircraft designed in the past 20 years in China's aviation industry.
The Bear Studios add-on simulates the J-10 based on official published papers related to its engine, hydraulic machinery, avionics, radar, flight control and navigation systems. It also features high-resolution textures, emissive instruments, dynamic lighting, switchable cockpit positions, fully animated canopy and ejection sequences, procedural animation system for missile launches and bomb releases, aerial refueling using AI aircraft, and realistic flight dynamics and sound effects.
The add-on includes several models and textures of the J-10, such as the single-seat J-10A, the two-seat J-10S, the aerobatic demonstration J-10AY and J-10SY, and the advanced trainer JL-10A. It also comes with a comprehensive manual that explains the installation, operation and configuration of the add-on.
The Bear Studios Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon add-on is available for purchase from Flight1.com for $29.95 USD. It is compatible with both FS2004 and FSX (ESP/Prepar3D), and does not require any plug-in or files from other products. If you are interested in flying a state-of-the-art Chinese fighter jet in your flight simulator, this add-on is definitely worth a try.
The J-10 is powered by a single AL-31 turbojet engine, which provides a maximum thrust of 123kN with afterburner. The engine is derived from the Russian Lyulka-Saturn AL-31F engine used on the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter. The J-10B and J-10C variants are expected to be equipped with the indigenous Shenyang WS-10 Taihang engine, which has a higher thrust-to-weight ratio and better fuel efficiency than the AL-31.
The J-10 has a maximum speed of 2,327km/h at high altitudes and a service ceiling of 18,000m. The range and combat radius of the aircraft are 1,850km and 550km respectively. The aircraft has a high manoeuvrability and agility, thanks to its fly-by-wire flight control system, canard-delta wing configuration, and thrust vectoring technology on the J-10B and J-10C variants.
The J-10 can carry up to 6,000kg of weapons on 11 external hardpoints, including six under the wings and five under the fuselage. The aircraft can carry a variety of air-to-air missiles, such as the PL-8 short-range infrared-guided missile, the PL-12 medium-range active radar-guided missile, and the PL-15 long-range active radar-guided missile. The PL-15 missile is considered to be one of the most advanced air-to-air missiles in the world, with a range of over 200km and an active electronically scanned array (AESA) seeker.
The J-10 can also carry air-to-surface weapons, such as laser-guided bombs, satellite-guided bombs, anti-radiation missiles, anti-ship missiles, and cruise missiles. The aircraft has an internal 23mm cannon for close-range combat. The J-10 can also perform aerial refuelling using a retractable probe on the right side of the nose.
The avionics of the J-10 are served by a 1553B databus, which allows data exchange between different subsystems. The cockpit features a wide-angle holographic head-up display (HUD), three multifunction displays (MFDs), and a helmet-mounted sight (HMS) system. The pilot can use voice commands to control some of the functions of the aircraft.
The J-10 is equipped with a fire-control radar system, which can track multiple targets and engage them simultaneously. The J-10A variant uses a mechanically scanned radar, while the J-10B and J-10C variants use an AESA radar system, which has better performance and reliability. The AESA radar system can also perform electronic warfare functions, such as jamming and deception.
The J-10 also has an infrared search and track (IRST) system mounted on top of the nose, which can detect and track heat-emitting targets in passive mode. The IRST system can work together with the HMS system to provide off-boresight targeting capability for infrared-guided missiles.
The J-10 has a self-protection suite, which includes radar warning receivers (RWRs), laser warning receivers (LWRs), missile approach warning systems (MAWS), chaff and flare dispensers, and electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods. The J-10C variant also has an infrared countermeasures (IRCM) system mounted on the tail fin. 061ffe29dd