PAF adds home-made fighter jets to its fleet

KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has introduced 50 home-assembled multi-role JF-17 Thunder fight jets into PAF fleet.

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Air Marshal Javed Ahmed, chief of the state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), said the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had already received 50 of the home-made aircraft and that the supply of the second block would start this month.


Chairman of PAC Air Marshal Javed Ahmed speaks during a interview with AFP in Karachi on December 2.

“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, an arms fair that brings together dealers from all over the world.

Pakistan has been manufacturing the JF-17 aircraft since 2009 with the help of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation of China (CACC).

“JF-17 is a modern aircraft, it fulfils all the needs of PAF, it is affordable, the cockpit is very user friendly, all beyond visual range attack capabilities as well as stand of deliveries are available at this aircraft,” Ahmed said.

“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. -AFP



Visitors look at a model of a Pakistan-made unmanned aircraft, or drone, during the International Defence Exhibition And Seminars (Ideas) in the Pakistani city of Karachi on December 2, 2014. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) chief December 2 said Pakistan plans to induct a batch of 50 home assembled multi-role JF-17 Thunder aircraft into its airforce.

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PAF adds home-made fighter jets to its fleet

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