Although it made some errors like the F-16 price tag, this Times Online Article pretty much contains all of the contents mentioned in all similar articles. Important points that we know from the past few days:
- From 24th division, 70th regiment
- More pilots than plane (1.2 pilot per plane)
- Flyaway cost of J-10 is 190 million RMB, around $27 million at current exchange rate
- Maximum load is 9G
- Take-off/landing distance is 350 to 650 m
- Has 11 hard points
The pictures below show J-10s from the 70th regiment of the 24th division flying during the day and night. It also shows foreign military attachés getting up-close look at the cockpit of J-10 and a photo of J-10's radar.
As for the incident with Japan, it was significant because the North Sea Fleet actually send a fleet consisting of a 051C, several 053s and tugboat to Malacca Straits after 6000 nm. This really just represents a continuing shift toward more blue water activities for PLAN. Japan better get used to it, because China is not violating any international laws in trying to gain more blue water experience in international waters.