At the 14th Dubai Airshow, the JF-17 Thunder bags a buyers as per reports of Chinese media. The aircraft is a light weight fourth-generation fighter jet co-developed by China and Pakistan. It is highly maneuverable with fly-by-wire flight control. Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC) of China and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) signed a contract with an unidentified South Asian buyer.
The report did not elaborate on how many jets are to be sold. It is also the first time an AVIC official has confirmed the new contract.
Currently, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is the only operator of this lightweight multi-role combat aircraft. It has 60 planes in active service in three of its squadrons.
“Now it has a new buyer. Moreover, several potential buyers have expressed to us their strong intention of introducing the aircraft, and they have performed comprehensive assessments of the plane,” Liu Yu, deputy head of AVIC’s military aircraft trade wing.
Air Vice-Marshal Arshad Malik, vice-chairman of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, said at news conference that the aircraft demonstrated strong combat capability through various drills.
Pakistan Air Force is to upgrade more of its squadrons with the new JF-17. The PAC Kamra will provide 40 more planes in the near future to meet growing need.
JF-17 aircraft has already participated in various air shows including: Farnborough Air Show in UK, Zhuhai Air Show in China, Turkish Air Show at Turkey and Dubai Air Show in UAE.
The multi role all-weather JF-17 Thunder is highly maneuverable light combat aircraft.