China adds thrust vectoring for better aerial movement on J-10 fighters

China’s J-10 fighter has been upgraded with thrust vectoring controls. This allows for better aerial movement.

The J-10 is a copy of the American F-16. The Chinese J-10 was built with Israeli assistance from Israel’s F-16-based Lavi fighter. It is about fifteen years behind the F-16 platform and much further behind the F-35 stealth fighter.

Thrust vectoring is in the US F-22 and Russian Sukhoi Su-30 and the newer Su-35.

The US did not bother to add thrust vectoring to later version of the F-15, F-18 Super Hornet, F-16, or the F-35. Although thrust vectoring is useful but U.S. manufacturers haven’t prioritized thrust vectoring.