The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) formally inducted JF-17 Thunder fighter jets into its Combat Commanders School (CCS), which is equivalent to the TOP GUN of the USN.
In a special ceremony held at PAF Base Mushaf, the JF-17 Thunder fighter jets were formally inducted in the arsenal.
The jets carried out a display that was met with applause by a jubilant crowd that had gathered for the ceremony. The fighter pilots were later greeted by children. Air Marshal Sohail Aman, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) was the Chief Guest at this historic occasion, who also met the air and ground crew.
The induction of the JF-17 Thunder fighter jets had begun in 2007 and has been continuing since then. Currently, the PAF maintains two squadrons of the JF-17 that are actively engaged in different operations.
There are great chances that the JF-17 will replace aging F-7/F-7P aircraft going forward and become backbone of the PAF.
The JF-17 Thunder is an indigenous war fighting machine. It is a light weight, all weather multi-role fighter jet equipped with a modern state-of-the-art avionics suite and an advanced cockpit layout.
The aircraft has the capability to carry out air-to-air and air-to-ground strikes. It can be fitted with beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles.