Pakistan Air Force today successfully flight tested the dual-seat variant of the JF-17 Thunder fighter jets – the JF-17B, for the first time.
Jointly developed by China and Pakistan, the dual-seat JF-17 variant is currently entering the testing phase. Three JF-17Bs are under production, two of which will join the PAF, Quwa reports citing a report by Aviation journalist Alan Warnes via AirForces Monthly.
According to the report, the dual-seat aircraft will feature dorsal spine - possibly for fuel, the swept tail houses components for a new three-axis fly-by-wire flight control system. The nose is also enlarged to accommodate active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar, which will be a core subsystem of the forthcoming JF-17 Block-III. Its vertical stabilizer has also been modified.
The report says that the JF-17B could be used as a lead-in-fighter-trainer (LIFT) platform within its own fleet. And with advanced targeting pods and commercially available electronic warfare (EW) jamming pods, the JF-17B could also potentially be deployed as a strike or stand-off EW platform, respectively.
India and UK are targeting export market for their jointly developed combat/trainer version of the Hawk trainer aircraft. A jointly developed, dual role version of the Hawk trainer aircraft is expected to debut at the Aero India show later this month aiming to target countries which are potential targets of the Pakistan-China developed light jet, the JF-17 Thunder
Pakistan will possibly announce the JF-17 fighter contract with Nigeria during the IDEAS Show, scheduled to held in Karachi from 22 to 25 November 2016. Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan to purchase the Pakistani-Chinese PAC/CAC JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter,
Pakistan is planning to formally launch its new JF-17B dual seat fighter jet by April 2017, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said Wednesday. The jet is set to make its maiden flight by the end of this year, Dawn reported citing a statement by PAF officials
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A top Chinese researcher has revealed details of the active electronically scanning array (AESA) phase array radar meant for the JF-17 fighter jet being manufactured in Pakistan under a Pakistani-Chinese partnership. The radar is a part of the Block III upgrade of the JF-17 whose design has been concluded and will likely enter serial production in the 2020-22 timeframe
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