Originally Posted by siegecrossbow
Could be, but my belief is that PAF would avoid pitting the new Block 52's against the J10's in order to not **** off the Americans, the Turks did the same. PAF knows the F16 inside out, its limitations and strengths and these were passed on to the Chinese in order to help us build a better JF17. You can see that ever since PAF got involved with the project, JF17 is a totally new bird compared to the Super Sabre Project as it draws its inspiration from the F16. Same goes with J10B, it appears to be a much improved version of the J10A specifically designed for PAF needs. From what i can tell, PAF has extensively evaluated the J10 thus the Chinese know quite well how the J10A stands against the Block 52. The partnership between PAF and PLAF has done wonders for both of them as we have access to Western technology, we evaluate it and let the Chinese know where their technology stands. The improvement of the SD10 missile which was a very basic BVRAAM in my opinion to SD10B speaks wonders of our partnership, our experience with the AMRAAMs and other European missiles was passed on to the Chinese.
In my opinion these exercises are more based on sharing experiences and knowledge in Land Combat rather than Aviation. Its clear that the Chinese have changed their doctrine from fortification to offensive manoeuvres as the Dragon grows in strength, thus it would be ideal for us to learn from the Chinese how they integrate their Land Forces with their Air Forces to perform joint strikes so we can compare it with our own strategy. The Chinese are not thinking of fighting a defensive war, they are changing their doctrine as it is evident from reorganization and thinking in more offensive lines. Similarly, it would be ideal for the Chinese to learn how we conduct our COIN operations and conventional battle field operations as i would argue Pakistan Army has more battle field experience and has had more interactions with NATO.