China really wants to enter the jet fighter sales market.
Chengdu J-10A Big, nasty, superfighters like the PAK FA and J-20 are getting plenty of headlines regarding their performance. Other designs like the updated Sukhoi Su-35 are getting plenty of attention as well. Undoubtedly, these are the designs that current and future military planners are seeing as the biggest threat to western air dominance. Much like the emergence of the MiG-25 during the Cold War, western air experts are seriously wondering if western designs can hold their own against these emerging threats. But the MiG-25 wasn't the biggest fighter threat of the Cold War. It was produced in relatively small numbers and it had a rather specialized role as an interceptor, meaning it wasn't a very good air-superiority fighter. No, the biggest aerial threat during the Cold War was the MiG-21. One of MANY MiG-21s Was the MiG-21 a good fighter? Not when compared to American F-16s and F-15s it wasn't. It had quite a short range, and its wasn't