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

51st Air Show organised by French Aerospace Industries Association will begin on June 15


APP June 07, 2015
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.

COMMENTS (19)

Baloch | 7 years ago | Reply @Nafarmaan pilot: INDIAN BABOON ALERT!
Last Word | 7 years ago | Reply @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.
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