Pakistan Air Force Welcomes JF-17B Fighter Jets to its Fleet

The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has collaborated with Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) for the development of a twin-seat variant to the JF-17 Thunder: the JF-17 B.

Previously, the fighter craft had been undergoing tests in China. Four days ago, Pakistan Defense Command tweeted a welcome photograph of the twin-seat jet, confirming that it would soon be added to the fleet for the country’s defense.

Because of the collaboration, Pakistan’s expenses were reduced in this expensive project.

These are not the only benefits for Pakistan. Under the workshare agreement, PAC has been responsible for 58% of the development since 2015. This gives Pakistan the ability to rely on local supply chains, which is an applaudable achievement for the PAC.

This addition to the weapon platform might not have had an excessive strain on Pakistan’s defense budget, and is a welcome improvement based on major design changes and combat-driven build.

The JF-17B adds another passenger seat, promises better fuel efficiency and Thrust to Weight Ratio (TWR), and has an improved turbofan engine.

More can be learned about the aircraft’s improved capabilities here.

According to the designer of the jet, the JF-17 B is an important requirement for maintaining a standard in the aeronautical weaponry. The engineer commented that Pakistan already has five operational squadrons of JF17 jets and the B versions are a natural next step. 

The JF-17 B has been in high demand by international buyers before it even made its maiden voyage. This is because of the affordability of the plane ($25 to $32 million dollars) in comparison to the Lockheed Martin F-35, which costs roughly $100 million dollars per plane.

Such a major development in the aeronautical industry for Pakistan will surely strengthen aerial defense, and deserves warm congratulations.

    • training sessions mein approx 15 F-16s ko akela F-35 shoot kerta hai or wo is ko detect bhi nahi ker paatay.

        • I read and watch a lot. That 15 against one thing is a simulation test done by many of the world’s best pilots including Israeli pilots. It wasn’t a one time fluke. F-35 always bests +10 F-16s.

          Clarification: Not in a dog fight, because F-35 wasn’t built to dog fight other fighter jets.


          • Can you share a link – I would like to see because there is difference between multi functional fighter jet and the one that is build for Air to Air, Air to Ground and Air to Water!

            • youtubedotcom/watch?v=EQ7MwfcjCa0

              Places check the main differences between 4th and 5th generation fighter jets to know more.

              This video is old, F-22 Raptor goes against 5 F-15s. If you know about fighter planes then you do understand what means.

              Change that dot to . In the link.

              4.5 generation fighter jets are still no match for 5th generation fighter jets. They simply don’t see it coming and taking them out. Suppose 4 enemy F-16s are flying over Islamabad and you are flying over Peshawar in a F-35. You will be able to take them all down. They won’t even know where you are, let alone shoot you down.

    • sir baat sirf cost ki ho rahi hai capabilities ki nhi…sirf comparison kia gya with the plane of similar specification!

  • why compare f-35 with jf-17 b….? too much difference. but congrats for 4.5g next block moving towards 5g

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