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JF-17 Thunder in Pictures

a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. The JF-17 can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. Its designation "JF-17" by Pakistan is short for "Joint Fighter-17", while the designation and name "FC-1 Xiaolong" by China means "Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon".


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Posted on September, 23 2017 10:58:41 AM


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The Pakistan Air Force plans to induct a twin-seater version for both enhanced operational capability and training, known as the JF-17B by 2017.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 10:59:33 AM

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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.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:01:13 AM

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Since its induction in 2011, the JF-17 (Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon) thunder has accumulated 19,000 hours of operational flight.


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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:02:33 AM

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The JF-17 has seen active military service as it is used by the Pakistan Air Force to bomb militant positions in the War in North-West Pakistan.


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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:03:55 AM

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The Pakistan Air Force has made extensive plans for future upgrades, purchased target pods from Turkey to configure JF-17 for ground attack, the JF-17's BVR (beyond-visual-range) for upgrade configuration of maritime strike role through SD-10 and C-802 missiles.


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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:05:05 AM

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The JF-17 was primarily developed to meet the PAF's requirement for an affordable, modern, multi-role combat aircraft as a replacement for its large fleet of Dassault Mirage III/5 fighters, Nanchang A-5 bombers, and Chengdu F-7 interceptors, with a cost of US$500 million, divided equally between China and Pakistan.


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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:06:05 AM

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The aircraft was also intended to have export potential as a cost-effective and competitive alternative to more expensive Western fighters.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:07:21 AM

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The development of this aircraft was headed by Yang Wei (aircraft designer), who is considered China's "ace designer". Wei also designed the Chengdu J-20.

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By 1989, because of economic sanctions by the US, Pakistan had abandoned Project Sabre II, a design study involving US aircraft manufacturer Grumman and China, and had decided to redesign and upgrade the Chengdu F-7.

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Grumman left the project when sanctions were placed on China following the political fallout from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. After Grumman left the Chengdu Super 7 project, the Fighter China project was launched in 1991.

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In 1995, Pakistan and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint design and development of a new fighter, and over the next few years worked out the project details.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:20:35 AM

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In June 1995, Mikoyan had joined the project to provide "design support", this also involved the secondment of several engineers by CAC.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:21:50 AM

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In October 1995, Pakistan was reportedly to select a Western company by the end of the year to provide and integrate the FC-1's avionics, which was expected to go into production by 1999.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:23:22 AM

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The avionics were said to include radar, Inertial navigation system, Head-up display, and Multi-function displays. Competing bids came from Thomson-CSF with a variant of the Radar Doppler Multitarget (RDY), SAGEM with a similar avionics package to those used in the ROSE upgrade project, and Marconi Electronic Systems with its Blue Hawk radar. FIAR's (now SELEX Galileo) Grifo S7 radar was expected to be selected due to the company's ties with the PAF.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:24:28 AM

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In February 1998, Pakistan and China signed a letter of intent covering airframe development. Russia's Klimov offered a variant of the RD-33 turbofan engine to power the fighter.

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Posted on September, 23 2017 11:25:41 AM

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The airframe is of semi-monocoque structure constructed primarily of aluminium alloys. High strength steel and titanium alloys are partially adopted in some critical areas. The airframe is designed for a service life of 4,000 flight hours or 25 years, the first overhaul being due at 1,200 flight hours.

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