JF-17 Thunder | The Dragon on Wings.
The PAC JF-17 Thunder (جے ایف-١٧ تھنڈر), (Fierce Dragon; Chinese), is a light-weight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Air Force, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. Its designation “JF-17 Thunder” by Pakistan is short for “Joint Fighter-17”, while the designation “FC-1 Xiaolong” by China means “Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon”.
The JF-17 can carry a variety of missiles and bombs, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, supplemented by a 23/30 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon. It is powered by a RD-93 afterburning turbofan, and has a top speed of Mach1.6. The JF-17 is slated to become the “mid-tech” backbone of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), complementing the few “high-tech” surplus F-16s with the J-10Bs order delayed indefinitely.
The JF-17 is expected to fill the duties of aerial reconnaissance,ground-attack and interception.
Pakistan has already started induction, and has plans to induct around 250 units.
The JF-17 will replace Pakistan’s ageing fleet of A-5C, Mirage-III, Mirage-V, and F-7P/PG by 2015.
The first squadron was inducted in the Pakistan Air Force in February 2010.
In China it is in an evaluation phase (passed design appraisal).
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