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PAF starts producing JF-17 Thunder Block 3, inducts dual-seat variant

PAF starts producing JF-17 Thunder Block 3, inducts dual-seat variant

Block 3’s new radar makes it superior to French jet Rafale, which India recently acquired

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) announced it has started manufacturing of the state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder Block 3 fighter jets. It was also announced that Pakistan Aeronautical Complex completed the dua-seat variant of the fighter jet. JF-17 thunders shot down two Indian jets in February 2019, showing their battle readiness.    

As per reports, the Block 3 comes with a new operational radar that makes it better equipped for battle compared to the French jets Rafale that India recently acquired. Despite budgetary constraints, Pakistan has produced about 100 JF-17 Block and Block 2 jet fighters since 2009. On the occasion, PAC Kamra also displayed JF-17 and Super Mushshak aircraft produced by its Aircraft manufacturing Factory for export to several countries.

Speaking at the induction ceremony, Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong congratulated Pakistan on China’s behalf for the 17th Block-II Dual Seat joining its air defense fleet.

“Pakistan Air Force Block III is a very important project,” he said, adding “Cooperation in defense production is an example of our friendship.” . He assured of continued support by China for ongoing and future joint ventures in all domains.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was also present at the occasion. He thanked China for its support in achieving this milestone. He emphasized the need for indigenization and self-reliance in military hardware and praised the initiatives of PAC Kamra for the design, development, manufacturing, and overhaul of aerial warfare assets.

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