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.
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.
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