The head of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC, Kamra) said this Tuesday that Pakistan Air Force had inducted 50 home-assembled all weather multi-role the JF-17 Thunder fighter jets.
Air Marshal Javed Ahmed, chief of the state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), said that the supply of Block II of the aircraft would start this month.
“The five aircraft of the next block would be inducted (into PAF) this year,” Air Marshal Javed Ahmed, told AFP on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition and Seminars (IDEAS) in Karachi. IDEAS is an arms fair that brings together dealers from all over the world.
Pakistan started production of the JF-17 aircraft in 2009 with the help of Chinese company Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation of China (CACC).
“A lot of international customers from developing countries have shown interest in the aircraft and we are in active negotiations with many countries,” the PAC chief said.
Pakistani ordnance factories have scaled up and have recently been making attempts to develop arms to meet domestic needs, as well as seeking opportunities to tap into international market.