The stealth capable state-of-art Chinese Chengdu J-20 fighters now can have been tracked and detected by Indian Air Force with Sukhoi Su-30MKI. IAF says Sukhoi radar can detect China’s Chengdu J-20 hundreds of kilometers away from now. After enabling Sukhoi with such capability, now the country is in the plan for upgrading the Su-30 MKIs with Russian Phazotron Zhuk-AE Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars to track 30 targets and engage six of them at the same time.
People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) operated Chengdu J-20 fighters over Tibet and as per the Indian Defence Research Wing, Su-30MKIs which is on a sortie in the Northeast managed to track it. According to IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, “Su-30 radar is good enough and can pick it (J-20) up from many kilometers away”. He made the statement on asking if the J-20 which was invisible to the radar could be a threat.
IAF shows confidence on Su-30MKIs when it comes to dealing with China’s fighter jet Chengdu J-20. Air Chief Marshal stated that his force was more than capable to match the Chinese Air Force as the former has several limitations because their airstrips are at a very high altitude.
On the other hand, defense experts of China considered Chengdu J-20, China’s answer to the American fifth-generation stealth fighters like F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. However, western experts considered it not-so-excellent and claimed Chengdu J-20 is just a fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter with an inferior engine when it comes to comparing with the US stealth fighters.
India has been basing its frontline Su-30 MKIs in the northeast for countering China’s build-up of infrastructure that will allow their fighters to take off from runways in Tibet even when the high altitude means to face several limitations such as fuel and weapons payload.
While talking about IAF’s 13-day long wargame Gagan Shakti 2018, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa had said that the exercise had achieved more than its objectives and the mega exercise was not against any country in particular. The IAF resumed its response and practice scenarios where nuclear or chemical attacks were carried out. In Gagan Shakti 2018, the IAF also moved its assets expeditiously between the Eastern and Western areas.
The newly-inducted homemade HAL Tejas supersonic fighter jet was extensively tested during the 13-day Gagan Shakti 2018 exercises. It also checked the combat capability of the Tejas and its performance.