Three PAF JF-17s to participate in Paris Air Show 2015

Published: June 7, 2015
JF-17 Thunder fighter jets ready to take off to participate in the Paris Air Show 2015. PHOTO: ONLINE

JF-17 Thunder fighter jets ready to take off to participate in the Paris Air Show 2015. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: A three-ship formation of JF-17 Thunders along with a PAF contingent comprising pilots and technicians are set to participate in the upcoming Paris Air Show 2015.

The contingent departed for Paris on Sunday.

The 51st Air Show, organised by the French Aerospace Industries Association, is starting on June 15 at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions and will continue till June 21.

According to a PAF statement, one JF-17 aircraft would perform in the flying display, while another would be on static display throughout the air show.

Read: JF-17 programme a symbol of Pak-China friendship: China Aviation Industry

The JF-17 aircraft has previously participated in various air shows around the world, including Farnborough Air Show (in the UK), Zhuhai Air Show (China), Turkish Air Show (Turkey) and the Dubai Air Show (UAE).

It is a lightweight multi-role aircraft jointly developed by PAF and China Aero-technology Import Export Corporation (CATIC) and co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and CATIC.

It was announced earlier during the year that China would deliver another 50 JF-17 Thunder fighters to Pakistan over a period of three years.

During a recent visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan, it was asserted by both sides that the jets were a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

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  • Maxx.
    Jun 7, 2015 - 5:52PM

    It shows they are world class. Hope Indian TEJA’s are also displayed there, but they are still under development for the last 30 years by DRDO. Need another few years.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jun 7, 2015 - 6:47PM

    I am reminded of the article ‘JF Thunder or Blunder’ published in ET about three years back which has proved to be true. Pakistan spent billions on the manufacture of this obsolete Chinese aircraft but not a single aircraft could be sold so far and even being a modern jet its speed of 1.5 mach makes it as a sitting duck in front of aircrafts from across the border with 2 mach and more.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Jun 7, 2015 - 9:52PM

    JF-17 thunder Block III has AESA radars and soon all block 1 and 2 jets will be upgraded. With J-31 and airborne early warning aircrafts these will be lethal. Recommend

  • Rafidi
    Jun 7, 2015 - 10:40PM

    You do realize that once a dogfight starts, aircraft that can maneuver at lower sub-Mach 2 speeds have an advantage over aircraft that perform optimally at higher speeds because they can out-maneuver their adversaries due to their tighter turning radius. Case in point being North Vietnamese Migs over Vietnam or the Royal Navy Harriers over the Falklands. In both these cases these aircraft tended to operate at subsonic speeds and that gave them a distinct advantage over their faster opponents like the American F-4 Phantoms.Recommend

  • jibran
    Jun 8, 2015 - 12:27AM

    @Last World ….your air combat knowledge and comprehension of Mach 1.5 is immensely flawed brother. Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Jun 8, 2015 - 1:27AM

    Following new defence deals with the U.S. hopefully this controverial piece of Indian tech will have some further bits and pieces added so that it can now finally expect to see the skies soon. As I know this plane is an amalgam of multiple copies and it is likely that 30 years delay has resulted from failure of giving it a final Indian ID.Recommend

  • shumayel
    Jun 8, 2015 - 1:44AM

    Indian hater @Last WordRecommend

  • Ibrar
    Jun 8, 2015 - 1:46AM

    @Last Word:
    Me too remember that with in few hours of Indian Air Force coming into action during Kargil conflict Five(5) frontline state of the art planes were shot down by Pakistan air defence system as they flew over the LOC. The news was flashed both by Indian and Pak media and as expected the Indians were hugely embarrassed at their loss. I guess these planes were blessed with a more than 2 Mach . The point is that although speed is important but only one aspect !Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Jun 8, 2015 - 5:32AM

    Article says your buying 50 J17’s from China … how can you be trying to sell Pakistan J17s at an airshow when your buying them from China? Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Jun 8, 2015 - 6:01AM

    A proud moment for me will be when Our AirForce will announce that they have started producing Jet engines, Avionic sets, radars and BVRs for the aircraft locally. At present we are dependent on other countries in acquiring critical components. JF17 production is a beginning in my view. We have a long way to go. Indigenous development of the components is very important in my view. Recommend

  • Nafarmaan Pilot
    Jun 8, 2015 - 7:46AM

    Outdated Jets…made a laughing stock due to lack of vision of PAF leadership….RIPRecommend

  • Faizan Maqbool
    Jun 8, 2015 - 8:04AM

    @Rafidi: Dogfights are a thing of the past; these babies will be blown out of the sky long before they have a visual on anything. Greater speed, better weaponry and avionics will win the day. However, if what is envisioned is some sort of Kamikazee operation for these planes, then I guess they do serve a purpose…Recommend

  • Faizan Maqbool
    Jun 8, 2015 - 8:13AM

    @unbelievable: Comprehension problems, boss, no ? It says “deliver” not “buy”, and delivery does not necessarily imply buying. JF-17 is a joint venture, with each partner doing their bit, just like with Airbus. Recommend

  • Faizan Maqbool
    Jun 8, 2015 - 10:11AM

    @Chachoo: Don’t hold your breath for that “proud moment” lest you…. Anyway, with government and private sector funding on science and technology ( including R&D) close to nil, don’t expect anything happening anytime in our future. In Pakistan, everyone and their uncle wants to be a banker, but a scientist or engineer, forget it !Recommend

  • shahid
    Jun 8, 2015 - 9:52PM

    It is the ECMs, BVRs, AESA radars, cruise missiles and multi functional weapon systems with aerial refueling capability which makes your platform lethal, its not the Mach 2 speed or Mach 3 speeds.. These speeds are used to run away from the aerial battle field. The Mach 1.5 is more than enough for any platform as long as they are equipped with above systems. If enemy admirers feel they have faster and the most fast flier platforms, then be Happy Flying, we look for Happy Hunting. If the Jf-17 can fly, it can kill too; as these are fitted with above systems and are vicious killers. It is the flying life cycle time which is important as JF-17 has the best weight to thrust ratio and lowest stress on engine metallurgy. It has longer flying hours and have large gaps between major overhauls with fairly low maintenance costs. Survivability is key to success, and JF-17 is a survivor.. Not comparing to any of the floating platforms of my enemy, it is crucial to have better ECM and other systems on board. Recommend

  • Nafarmaan pilot
    Jun 8, 2015 - 10:56PM

    Can anyone ask them why did their aircraft crash …killing pilot. Even with faulty design they kept on flying it ..endangering lives of their young pilots. It Shows the level of professionalism….and the responsibility towards safety of their pilots. By the way there is no dual seat version of this advanced aircraft. The level of seriousness of this project can be guaged by the fact that Chinese air force is not flying these aircraft. Sleep tight…cause we have the battle on power point presentations….Recommend

  • Abacus
    Jun 9, 2015 - 2:45PM

    The paf JF-17 flying in the air show – is the pilot Chinese too? In pak uniform? Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jun 9, 2015 - 6:59PM

    @shahid: Brother, some of your claims on JF-17 are far from reality. JF-17 speed of Mach 1.5 is its Achilles heel since for good interception speed is an important criteria comparing with its arch rival IAF fighters namely Su-30MKI, Mig-29S, Mirage-2000H having higher speed of Mach 2+. Even in close combat, JF-17 lacks what it takes to win the fight and is rated below or just average. Its spine and wings bearings neither have wing twist nor enough area to provide low wing loading. Its performance during low speeds and high alpha would be very dangerous for the pilot indeed. Its thrust to weight ratio is a negative point as it has a maximum G loading of point 8 only. India rejected Tejas due to low thrust to weight ratio which incidentally was more than JF-17. In the end, it is all about saving ones motherland from the enemy which JF-17 meets most requirements of the PAF.Recommend

  • Baloch
    Jun 9, 2015 - 8:27PM

    @Nafarmaan pilot:


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