Pakistan to induct 63 China's JF-17 fighter jets by 2022

Pakistan to induct 63 China’s JF-17 fighter jets by 2022

The Pakistani government has approached China to make the JF-17 (Block 3) Jet fighter plane available for the Pakistani Air Force (PAF). As per reports, Pakistan has asked Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China to deliver 13 JF-17 (Block 2) to Pakistani Air Force by July 2019. As per Indian Air Force (IAF) intelligence, the Pakistani Air Force is in the process of including 62 JF-17 jets before India gets the 36 Rafale jets. As per the agreement with Dassault Aviation of France, the delivery of Rafale jets will commence from 2020.

Pakistan to induct 63  China's JF-17 fighter jets by 2022

Pakistan to induct 63 China’s JF-17 fighter jets by 2022


The PAC JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. The JF-17 can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. The JF-17 can deploy diverse ordnance, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, and a 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon. Powered by a Guizhou WS-13 or Klimov RD-93 afterburning turbofan, it has a top speed of Mach 1.6. The JF-17 is to become the backbone of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), complementing the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon at half the cost.
Pakistan to induct 63  China's JF-17 fighter jets by 2022

Pakistan to induct 63 China’s JF-17 fighter jets by 2022


Pakistan has asked Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China to deliver 13 JF-17 (Block 2) to Pakistani Air Force by July 2019. They have also asked the Chinese firm to deliver the more advanced two seater- JF-17 Block-2 jets by 2020. Pakistani Air Force plans to induct 22 JF-17 (Block-2) jets before 2020. Pakistan and China are also jointly developing JF-17 (Block-3) jets which is a fourth-generation fighter jet. Pakistani Air Force is expecting the new variants of JF-17 (Block-3) to be delivered from 2020 which will be more powerful than the already existing JF-17 series. Pakistan plans to induct 28 new JF-17 (Block-3) till 2022.

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