Pakistan Has Ramped Up Production of JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft....
Pakistan Has Ramped Up Production of JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft, Which Was Jointly Developed With CHINA During Assembly of Early Units. In First Half of 2020, The Number of Aircraft Delivered Was The Most In Past Five Years, According To Industry Report.
As of June 30, The Production Line of JF-17 Thunder Has On Average Shortened The Production Period of Single Aircraft By 15 Days As Compared To Last Year. China Aviation News, A Newspaper Affiliated With The Chinese State-Owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Reported Last Week.
The Pakistan Air Force Is The Main Operator of JF-17 Fighter Jets. Myanmar Also Flies The Pakistan Made JF-17 Fighter Jets.
The Latest, Powered-Up Version of The JF-17 Thunder, Known As The JF-17 Block 3, Made Its Maiden Flight In December 2019, The Aerospace Knowledge Magazine Reported Then.
"In March 2019, Yang Wei, chief designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet, said development and production of the JF-17 Block 3 was underway, and the third block will see the JF-17's information-based warfare capability and weapons upgraded "
Some Other Countries Have Also Approached AVIC About Purchasing The JF-17 Block 3, Yang Said Last Year.
User testing of the three JF-17 Block II fighter jets is underway with Nigerian Air Force (NAF) pilots testing the aircraft in the Pakistan Aeronautics Complex (PAC).
The first of the NAF’s JF-17 Block II Thunder multi-role fighters with the serial number 2P 60 has been photographed on the ground with NAF pilots in them. Another image shows the three aircraft bearing serial numbers 2P 60, 61 and 62 parked alongside a Pakistani air force JF-17. A third image shows the JF-17 2p 60 jet in flight. The images were posted by a Nigerian defence blog on its twitter account and credited to NAF pilots.
Nigeria had inked a contract to purchase three JF-17 Block II fighter jets and the deal was formally set in motion in March 2019 when the Pakistani government's Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved a $184.3 million sovereign guarantee covering the delivery of three PAC/CAC JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to the Nigerian Air Force.
Delivery of the aircraft to the NAF is scheduled for November this year, its Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar had announced in March while addressing a passing out parade at the NAF Academy in Kaduna.
The Nigerian JF-17 Block II’s price tag of approximately $60 million each indicate an aircraft with an array of weapons including air-to-air and air-to-ground aircraft and guided. The bare-bones price tag of a JF-17 is expected as US$40 million.
The NAF is expected to push the aircraft into the thick of battle against Boko Haram terrorists (BHT). The air –to –ground capability of the JF-17 will be tested in terms of pin-point strikes against the BHT. The Block-II is capable of precision-strike through satellite-guided and laser-guided bombs.
Nigerian air force checking out their new asset.
Nigerian Airforce ( NAF ) pilots started their Training on JF17 Thunder aircraft in pakistan.