JF-17 THUNDER ⚡ IS A MULTI-ROLE 4+ GENERATION JET FIGHTER CURRENTLY IN USE BY PAKISTAN AIR FORCE 🇵🇰.
⭕PRODUCED:42% IN CHINA/58 % IN PAKISTAN
⭕UNIT COST: US$ 25 MILLON For Block 1,28 MILLION For Block 2,and 32 MILLION For Block 3.
JF-17 SPECIFICATIONS :
⚫Length: 14.93 m
⚫Wingspan 9.45 m
⚫Height: 4.72 m
⚫Wing area: 24.4 m²m²o
⚫Empty Weight : 6,586 kg
⚫Max Takeoff Weight: 12,500 kg
⚫Internal Fuel Capacity : 2,350 kg
⚫MAX Speed: 1,960.1 km/h
⚫Combat Radius: 1,352 km⚫Crew :1(GONNA BE 2 IN JF-17B)
CURRENTLY The operator of this jet is Pakistan Air Force. Myanmar Air Force and Nigerian Air Force has placed the order of JF-17(s).
DEVELOPMENT :PAKISTAN IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING 50 + MORE JF-17 THUNDER THAT WILL BE OPERATIONAL IN PAKISTAN ARMY BY 2019 AND WILL REPLACE OLD JETS IN PAKISTAN AIR FORCE. JF_17 Thunder is The second best jet fighter Pakistan Air Force has after the JF_16 Falcon.
Production : On 2 March 2007,JF-17 flew for the first time and took part in a public aerial demonstration during a Pakistan 🇵🇰 Day parade on 23 March 2007. The PAF intended to induct 200 JF-17 by 2015 to replace all its Chengdu F-7, Nanchang A-5, and Dassault Mirage III/5 aircraft. In preparation for the IN-FLIGHT Refueling of JF-17s, the PAF has upgraded several Mirage IIIs with IFR probes for training purposes.A dual-seat, combat-capable trainer was originally scheduled to begin flight testing in 2006,In 2009 Pakistan reportedly decided to develop the training model into a specialised attack variant.
In November 2007, the PAF and PAC conducted flight evaluations of aircraft fitted with a variant of the NRIET KLJ-10 radar developed by China's Nanjing Research Institute for Electronic Technology (NRIET), and the LETRI SD-10 Active radar homing AAM.In 2005, PAC began manufacturing JF-17 components; production of sub-assemblies commenced on 22 January 2008.
Special Block B :
The Pakistan Air Force plans to induct a twin-seater version for both enhanced operational capability and training, known as the JF-17 by 2017. Preparations for a more advanced and technologically sophisticated block III version of the aircraft is underway and the AESA radar has been developed, the KLJ-7A which can track 15 targets and engage 4 targets simultaneously.
Operation Zarb-e-Azb :
Since its induction in 2011, the JF-17 thunder has accumulated 19,000 hours of operational flight.The JF-17 has seen active military service as it is used by the Pakistan Air Force to bomb militant positions in the Operation Zarb-e-Azb,using both unguided munitions and guided missiles for precision strike capability.
JF-17 Block I- JF-17 THUNDER BLOCK 1 HAS BEEN MENTIONED IN THE ABOVE HEADING (PRODUCTION).JF-17 Block II—Production began on 18 December 2013 and initial testing began on 9 February 2015. These aircraft have air-to-air refuelling capability, improved avionics, enhanced load carrying capacity, data link, and electronic warfare capabilities. The construction will continue until 2016, after which the manufacture of Block 3 is planned.A Block 2 JF-17 costs approximately US$25 million per unit.Manufacturing plant has the capacity to produce 25 units in a year. According to local media, PAC rolled out the 16th Block 2 aircraft in December 2015 enabling the 4th JF17 squadron to be stood up.
JF-17 Block III —Projected to feature further avionics advancements such as helmet-mounted display and sight system, a new single panel multi-functional display , an active electronically-scanned array radar paired with an infrared search and track system, and a cockpit with a flight-control stick on the side an NRIET KLJ-7A AESA radar,more use of composites,Twin engine, and a two-seater cockpit option WITH MORE HIGH SPEED. PAKISTAN AIR FORCE officials have described it as a "fourth generation plus" fighter jet. According to unconfirmed media reports the induction is expected to start around 2019.As of September 2016, the design of the JF-17 Block III has been finalized.It Is now under development and will be in air by 2019.
JF-17B: JF-17B is a twin-seater variant scheduled to be inducted into the Pakistan Air Force by 2017. It will have more speed. Its multi-roles include use for training and enhanced surveillance and support capabilities. According to media reports, the production of the first prototype has started. YIPEE