Pakistan plans to increase the rate of manufacture of the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft from 17 in 2015 to 24 in 2016.
The country’s Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman expressed determination to produce up to 24 jets in 2016. He was speaking at a ceremony to hand over JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Squadron-II of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), various Pak media outlets reported.
Earlier, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday formally handed over JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Squadron-II of Pakistan Air Force in Karachi by giving the command flag to second squadron of PAF.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman also was also present in the ceremony while a fly past of JF-17 Thunder aircraft was also held on the occasion.
The newly produced batch of 16 JF-17 Thunder has been inducted to PAF fleet. Addressing at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said that JF-17 Thunder are guarantor of national security and peace in the region.
The PAF chief said that JF-17 Thunders will eventually phase out the older model of Mirage jet fighters till 2020.
JF-17 Thunder is an advanced, light-weight, all weather, day / night multi-role fighter aircraft; developed as a joint venture between Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra and Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) of China. The PAC holds exclusive rights of 58% of JF-17 airframe co-production work. The aircraft has 7 weapons stations with a total load capacity of 3400 pounds.
Pakistan is assessing the Thales-made Damocles targeting pod to be mounted on its JF-17 aircraft for giving the fighter precision-targeting capability. Pakistan Air Force deputy chief Muhammad Ashfaque Arain, currently in Paris to discuss the possibility of acquiring the Domacles pod was quoted by Reuters today as saying, “the Damocles is a battle- proven system and the other options are not
Pakistan has ordered nine AH-1Z Viper combat helicopters from Bell Helicopter under the foreign military sales program, the US Department of Defense announced Monday. "Bell Helicopter Textron Inc
Pakistan has displayed Chinese or jointly produced military equipment and weaponry during the National Day parade on March 23 in Islamabad. The military warplanes included five types of China-made fixed wing aircraft, J-7PG and J-7P developed by China independently and JF-17 Thunder, jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex,
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
Pakistan Air Force signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a French company on technical collaboration in production of JF-17 Thunder jets. As per the MoU, the French company will provide technical assistance to Pakistan Air Force for electrification of JF-17 Thunder jets during the ongoing IDEAS 2016, local media reported Thursday
Future versions of the China-Pakistan jointly developed FC-1 Xiaolong (also known as JF-17 Thunder) will possess advanced data link and electronic warfare capabilities, and be equipped with new-type guided weapons. In addition, the development and production of the two-seat trainer is now going on according to the plan, and the first flight is scheduled at the end of this year, Chinamil reported quoting China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) as saying at a meeting held on September 15 during the 9th Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) 2016 Exhibition
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
Pakistan has test-fired a shore-based anti-ship missile, ‘Zarb. The Pakistani Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) did not disclose any specific information in regard to range, speed, payload weight of the missile
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