PAF to induct dual-seater JF-17B fighter jet in April 2017

Pakistan, China launch JF-17B production at joint ceremony; jet to make maiden flight by the end of 2016


News Desk April 28, 2016
The jet is set to make its maiden flight by the end of this year, the PAF announced. PHOTO SOURCE: DEFENCE.PK

Pakistan Air Force is set to formally induct the newly-launched JF-17B (Dual Seat Combat Fighter Aircraft) by April 2017.

"Pakistan and China jointly launched the manufacturing of first prototype of JF-17B at an induction ceremony held in Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) Chengdu, China," a press release stated on Wednesday.

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The jet is set to make its maiden flight by the end of this year, the PAF announced.

"The dual seat aircraft is of great value for PAF in enhancing not only training value but also the operational capability," PAF Air Marshal Muhammad Iqbal said, while thanking the Chinese leadership for their continued support during the JF-17 development project.

While Air Marshal Muhammad Iqbal was the chief guest at the occasion, President CAC, Vice President CATIC were also present along with PAF officials and several other Chinese personnel.

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Speaking at the occasion, the Chinese leadership paid tribue to the higher authorities of PAF for operationalising the aircraft and expressed their resolve to continue support for development work of JF-17 project.

COMMENTS (11)

Attiq | 4 years ago | Reply @Haji Atiya Western and American technologies are better in their training aircraft too. As Pakistan Air Force is already planning to replace its Mirage, F-7 and F-7PG aircraft with JF-17 and it has already replaced some of its A-5III & F-7 squadrons with JF-17 system, but a potential buyer is really important to advertise and marketing of JF-17 technology. Unfortunately, we don't have till now. I'm talking about JF-17 system overall but not JF-17B only. JF-17 may be good for our self dependency but remember to note that Pakistan is in talks with US and France to acquire F-16 and latest Mirages. (We are dependent on them even after ten yerars of JF-17 induction).. :(
Anon | 4 years ago | Reply @David: Old Russian MiG is aerodynamically superb compared to F-16!
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