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 Pakistan’s national flag, the JF-17 roared in the skies of Poland . The aerobatics included the muscle climb, thunder turns, slow speed performance and inverted flight, Pakistani media reported.
Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was also present to witness the aerial and static display of JF-17 Thunder, which has been co-developed by Pakistan and China.
The JF-17 was on static display along with the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft.
Poland is the market to replace its MiG-29 fighter jets with the United States’ F-16 among the main contenders. The Pakistani-Chinese JF-17 jet and the Super Mushak trainer are being increasingly offered as a package.
It is not yet known if Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has made a formal offer to Poland or the display was to get Poland other former Soviet-bloc countries interested in the JF-17 which reportedly costs less than half the price of a current-generation F-16.
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
Leonardo and the Armament Inspectorate of the Polish MoD have signed a contract to supply four additional M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) that will join the Polish Air Forces existing fleet of eight aircraft by 2020. The contract, worth more than 115 million euro, includes a support package
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Myanmar is negotiating with Pakistan to licence-build Chinese-Pak JF-17 multi-role combat aircraft. Also, the first of 16 imported JF-17s ordered by Myanmar in 2015 are expected to go into service with the air force later this year
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
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
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