Iran to get 24 Chinese JA 10 Fighters in Oil for Arms Deal


by  Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

A Taiwan based newspaper today announced that Iran and China are in discussions over an “oil for arms” deal that would replace Iran’s aging fleet of American F4 and F14 aircraft, still deadly though decades old, with newer Chinese fighters.

Iran could use these planes for ground attack against ISIS in Iraq, a mission Iran is sharing with the United States, and as an air defense fighter though most experts believe Iran is in negotiations with Russia for up to two dozen first line, 5th generation air superiority fighters.

Note that Russia and Iran are still, months later, to come to a real agreement over the delivery of the S300 missile system that has been held up so many years.  One might think, were one so inclined, that Iran has been putting off acceptance of the S300 system until after the American congress votes of the recent 5+1 nuclear settlement.

The deal would give China the 400 square mile Azadegan Oil Field on the border of Iraq which is producing less than 50,000 barrels today under current output.

Tehran would initially receive 24 Chengdu J10 fighters in a deal worth around $500 million.  Pakistan is manufacturing a domestic variant of this 4th generation fighter estimated to be a rough equivalent of the F16.

According to the story, China would be allowed to develop Iran’s largest oil field for two decades.

In a story today in Russia’s Sputnik News it is claimed that the J10 is based on the Israeli Lavi, a low grade knock-off of the F16, a light aircraft with small engines, poor performance and third rate avionics.  Israel only built prototypes and abandoned the project.
Russia claimed that the Chinese told them the Lavi was the basis for the J10, perhaps based on the front steering canards and delta wing configuration.

China has had multiple agreements in place with Iran since 2009 but suspended operations due to US imposed sanctions on Iran’s imaginary nuclear weapons program.

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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.