Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder Block-III Production Status

According to reports circulating on Pakistan’s defense social media accounts, Pakistan has speculatively produced the JF-17 Thunder Block 3, which will be displayed at the Pakistan Day Parade on March 23, 2022. According to sources, eight JF-17 Thunder Block III at Pakistan aeronautical complexes are being built in Kamra, with more work to be done.

As a result, a squadron of around 16 to 18 aircraft will be added to the regular Air Force fleet as soon as it is complete.  According to reports, the Pakistan Air Force plans to induct 50 Block 3 aircraft.

The improved JF-17 variant has elevated the fighter aircraft to new heights, and the already fearsome weapon now offers Pakistan an impregnable defense line.

The Pak-China jointly developed JF-17 Thunder Block-III 4+ Generation made its first flight in December 2019, demonstrating its power and air dominance once more. The first-ever powered-up prototype was flown in a test flight at Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group’s (CAIG) facilities, showcasing several key modifications and technology.

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According to sources, the aircraft is equipped with numerous commercial off-the-shelf technologies made by China’s state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation, as evidenced by photos that have been posted on social media.

Some of the upgrades include;

1: New and a larger holographic wide-angle head-up display.

2: Integrated cockpit display.

3: Advanced infrared missile approach warning system used by China elite fighter jets.

4: Advanced active electronically scanned array radar system.

5: Advanced weapons capability.

Since August 2003, when a prototype called FC-1 was transferred to Pakistan, the JF-17 Thunder has been in service with the Pakistan Air Force.

The plane was unveiled in May, but it wasn’t until August 2003 that it flew for the first time. JF-17 Thunder Block-III, the updated variant, is likely to join the Pakistan Air Force service shortly.

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The third block would strengthen the JF-17’s information-based warfare capability and weaponry upgrading, according to Yang Wei, the main designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet.

The jet is well-known over the world as a cost-effective and superior alternative to its competitors. Many countries have expressed interest in purchasing the aircraft, which is already in use by Myanmar and Nigerian air forces.

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