China is working on making the Block III version of its JF-17 fighter jet to match the latest version of the United States F-16 V aircraft which has become a huge sales success in a relatively short span of time.
The JF-17 is made in Pakistan with technology supplied by Chengdu Aircraft Co., of China. The Block III version, which has been in development for over 2 years now is characterized by an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, helmet-mounted targeting system, an advanced targeting pod, data links and beyond visual range weapons.
“The JF-17 is expected to be fitted with an AESA radar, helmet-mounted display and sight system,” Global Times quoted Wei Dongxu, a Chinese military expert as saying Monday.
The development of the aircraft and production are already underway.
With less than half the price of the latest generation F-16 V fighter jet and features similar to that of the venerable US aircraft, China expects the JF-17 Block III to attract countries with tight defence budgets. Already, the JF-17 has been sold to Nigeria and Myanmar.
"A lot of countries have come to buy. You sign a contract for the JF-17, you benefit," Yang Wei, a Chinese legislator and chief designer of the fighter jet said.
Malaysia has shortlisted the Chinese-Pakistani jet among the roster for its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) procurement programme. It is in competition against the Indian-made Tejas and the South Korean F-50. With an initial purchase of 12 units, Malaysia is also looking to have an option for additional 24 units in the future.
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Iranian and Malaysian defence officials visiting the IDEAS 2018 aerospace exhibition in Karachi have expressed interest in the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet made in Pakistan with Chinese technology. Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) General Qasem Soleimani visited the fighter aircraft at the exhibition, according to local media reports Thursday
The government of Pakistan has provided a sovereign guarantee for the sale of three JF-17 aircraft to Nigerian Air Force against a sum of $184.3 million
Eyeing a possible sale of fighter jets to Poland, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) performed an aerial display with its JF-17 Thunder aircraft during the opening day of Radom International Airshow at Radom-Sakdu Airport, Poland on Sunday. Painted in the colour scheme of Pakistans national flag, the JF-17 roared in the skies of Poland
The Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 fighter jet, in contention of Malaysias Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project along with Indias Tejas, will not be participating in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) to be held in Malaysia next week. According to the official list of participating aircraft released by the organizers, the JF-17 will not be present in the static and flying displays
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Chinese military hardware including J-10 and JF-17 fighter jets, ZDK-03 early warning aircraft and FM-90 air defense missile are likely to be on show on the occasion of Pakistan's National Day on March 23. The countrys Bayi Aerobatic Team will stage a flight aerobatic performance in the Pak event
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