The Pakistani Air Force is set to receive the final three JF-17 Block II Chinese-Pakistani stealth fighters at the end of June.
The aircraft are part of an order placed by the PAF in late 2017 for an additional 12 platforms that are currently on the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF) final assembly line at PAC Kamra. AMF has built more than 100 JF-17s since the first JF-17 (serialled 09-111) was rolled out in November 2009, according to a report published by Jane's Defense Weekly.
PAC has produced 50 Block I aircraft and 62 Block II JF-17s to date including the 12 Block II jets ordered in 2017. The PAF has currently 85 JF-17 Block I and II operationally deployed.
Sources say that the new F-17 Block III aircraft will be fitted with a new electronic warfare system, upgraded avionics. It also includes a three-axis fly-by-wire digital flight control system, a helmet-mounted display, sight system and Pakistan’s first Chinese-made AESA.
Air Chief Marshall Mujahid Anwar Khan revealed that the the air force will make a decision on one of the two new Chinese AESA (airborne electronically scanned-array) radars. He added that they are currently evaluating the aircraft. “We hope to have the aircraft operating with the new radar by March 2020.”