JF-17/FC-1 Fighter Aircraft thread

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  1. Zahid
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    1. I can not talk about engine issue. But do expect a change. I will not divulge the information until the bird flies. My guess (not confirmed info) is that the changes would change both endurance & power, but it would be an incremental change. I do not expect Block-III to cross Mach 2. The DSI penalty would be too huge to climb over with marginally more power, unless the design changes.
    2. I do not know about the structural changes apart from inclusion of more composites.
    3. EO pods may function as a substitute for IRST.
    4. The philosophy of the design would not change with incremental changes (composites, engine power, etc...).
     
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    What do mean by you will not "divulge" information? Do you know of rumors beyond what you've written?
     
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    Not rumors, actual information about the project. But I ensure that I do not reveal anything before it becomes common knowledge.

    For example, I confirmed that JF-17 engine change took as little as 45 minutes from a very authentic source. I deemed it to be information that could be shared without affecting the program. Also, the source was semi-public (paper written by a professor that could be shared with certain members of the public at a university) so it was obviously not top-secret. This was the sort of information that would be shared with would-be buyers to show the modular design and fast turn-around time of the aircraft.
     
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    In other words the possible new capabilities would be things like AESA, IRST and an Advance EW suite. Aircraft design remains the same, no radical increase of surface area of the airframe. Which seems to be a safe course of action, when it comes to manufacturing. Greater use of composite perhaps, may or may not lead to increased ordinance load out. For engines, at best we see the RD-93MK integrated, at worst it remains as is. I guess it is a wise decision not to make any radical changes, which prevents any radical increase to the price of the aircraft.

    Let's see if Block-lll brings increased orders from new client states.
     
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    May we have an idea of who your authentic sources are and what your relation is to them? I don't mean to cast unnecessary doubt on you, but after spending time on this forum I hope you can see why some folks here require a bit more insight into the sources before buying into certain rumors.
     
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    At my age I am past caring whether I am deemed credible or not. I have a young friend who works on JF-17 program, but I have asked him not to share anything sensitive with me. Also, one of my professor friends is a bit of a defense enthusiast and he recently wrote a strategy paper on JF-17 program. If I come to know of anything sensitive, I make sure not to reveal it. I am friend of the program, not a foe.
     
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    If you are able to, then could you ask your circle of friends, whether "Project Azm" is truly meant to develop a Pakistani Stealth Fighter from scratch? Or whether it will be having another joint venture with another nation (China or Russia or someone else) to design, develop and manufacture fifth generation fighter?

    In all honesty, I don't see Pakistan Military leadership being so naive as to build a stealth fighter from the ground up. I mean that sort of fantasy accolade belongs our neighbor in the East.
     
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