PAF is Adding 28 Fourth Gen JF-17 Thunder Jets to its Fleet

Pakistan Airforce (PAF) is going to add 63 fourth generation, indigenously built, JF-17 fighter jets to its fleet by the year 2022, a report revealed on Sunday.

JF-17, a Multi Combat Aircraft, is jointly built by Pakistan’s Aeronautical Complex and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation.

As per the report, PAF is going to get 35 JF-17 Block 2 – the already existing JF series – and 28 JF-17 Block 3 aircraft – the fourth generation warplane- within the next four years.


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The addition of Block 2 fighter planes will be completed by 2020 with PAF receiving 13 of the aircraft in 2019 and remaining by 2020.

The two countries are also jointly developing JF-17 Block 3, fourth-generation fighter jets which will be delivered to Pakistan Air Force by 2022.

The report suggests that China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation would deliver the first two JF-17 Block 3 jets and the remaining 26 would be made in Pakistan.


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What’s New in JF-17 Block 3??

JF-17 Block 3 is a fourth generation warplane with more advanced equipment and features such as:

  • Avionics Lab
  • Pilot Visor
  • A new single panel multi-functional display.
  • An active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar
  • An infrared search and track system
  • A two-seater cockpit option with a flight control stick
  • A top speed of 2.00 plus Mach

  • The engine of JF17 Block-3 RD-93 is from Russia. Avionics are from Europe. Ejection seat is from Martin Baker America. Sidewinders are again from an American company. The fuselage is from China and AESA is from China as well.
    O Bhai what we have made in this aircraft?. I need to know that what our engineers and scientists are developing in this aircraft. Lagta hai is aircraft main “Denting painting” or paint ka kaam hamara hai bus.

    • American F-35 components are made by more than 24 countries including main Radar from Japan . . . then assembled in USA . . . any comments?
      First learn the global industry truth then criticize, because with such comments you only show your own pathetic ignorance.

      • O Bhai Patriot I know it very very well. Also better than so called FSC pass experts of PAF.
        I am engineer myself in a high tech firm.

        Don’t try to compare your situation with Lockheed, Boeing and other top gun companies. They are world class companies with a workforce of hundreds of thousands. We are nothing in front of them.

        Anway Pakistanis are blind and they will always defend PAF FSc pass pilots who are just controlling everything and not allowing the real development by stopping Civilians from reaching top posts in Research and Development.

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