China will deliver another 50 JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Pakistan over a period of three years, Radio Pakistan reported on Saturday.
Citing the head of the Chinese aircraft industry, the state-run broadcaster said that under a contract signed between the two countries, Islamabad will receive a total of 110 JF-17 Thunder aircraft from Beijing.
The jets are a symbol of friendship between Pakistan and China. During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, a fleet of eight JF-17 Thunder jets escorted the special plane of the Chinese leader when it entered Pakistan’s airspace.
Last week, Pakistan and China signed more than 50 agreements worth $28 billion, mostly covering commercial loans to Pakistani power generation companies, but also including financing agreements for six infrastructure projects that will set in motion work on the eastern trade corridor connecting western China with Gwadar.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2015.