Meanwhile a new picture of JF-17 thunder has appeared at the Chinese Military website showing JF-17 thunder carrying four air to air missiles. Even though picture is not clear enough, one can easily see that it is carrying two within visual range missile (SRAAM) and two larger missiles which are appears to be SD-10A (BVRAAM) beyond the visual range missiles.
SD-10A is an active-radar guided BVRAAM which is already operational with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). So far Chengdu J-10, Shenyang J-8F, Shenyang J-11 have been seen using this BVRAAMs and missile will be integrated with the JF-17 Thunder by the end of 2010.
S-10A BVRAAM is 3934 mm long and weights 199 kg. SD-10A has a range of greater than 70 km. Its performance is comparable the USAAF’s AIM-120A AMRAAM and Russian R-77 which is sometimes also called AA-12 Adder.