ISLAMABAD: Dual-seat JF-17B Thunder fighter aircraft successfully made its maiden test flight at Chengdu in China on Friday.
The ceremony was hosted by Executive Vice President Aviation Industry Corporation of China Li Yuhai. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman was the chief guest on this occasion.
JF-17B is currently entering the testing phase which is jointly co-developed by China and Pakistan.
Fighter aircraft is a major milestone towards self-reliance and will boost operational and training capabilities of Pakistan Air Force (PIA).
Induction of JF-17 aircraft in PAF started in 2007 and has continued during subsequent years.
Today, Pakistan Air Force is operating five JF-17 squadrons which are actively engaged in all types of operations.