First flown on August 25th of 2003, the PAC JF-17 has evolved into a frontline fighting solution for the nation of Pakistan with over 100 built to date. The design is from a partnership between the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAC) of China to produce a modern lightweight multirole fighter. The result is a combat platform that has already been adopted by the air services of Pakistan, Myanmar, and Nigeria. Service introduction began in March of 2007 as the export-friendly aircraft continues to garner interest from foreign parties.
Service Ceiling 55,774 ft | 17,000 m | 10.56 miles
Operational Range 2,175 miles | 3,500 km | 1,890 nm
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the JF-17 Block 2 production model)
Length 49.21 feet (15.00 meters)
Width 31.17 feet (9.50 meters)
Height 15.49 feet (4.72 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the JF-17 Block 2 production model)
Empty 14,550 lb (6,600 kg)
M.T.O.W. 27,337 lb (12,400 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the JF-17 Block 2 production model)
1 x 23mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel internal automatic cannon as standard (fixed, forward-firing). Seven external hardpoints supporting a typical mix of air-launched and air-dropped munitions/ordnance across seven hardpoints (1 x fuselage centerline, 4 x Underwing, 2 x Wingtips) to include Air-to-Air missiles (AAMs), Air-to-Surface Missiles (ASMs), conventional drop bombs, and precision-guided bombs. Also supported are three external fuel tanks (jettisonable) with the centerline and two inboard underwing stations plumbed for such service. Supported Types:
Conventional Drop Bombs
Rockets / Rocket Pods
JF-17 'Thunder' - Base Series Designation.
JF-17 Block 1 - Initial production mark of 2006; Chinese weapons support.
JF-17 Block 2 - Model of 2016; in-flight refueling capability; updated avionics suite; improved processing; enhanced ECM.
JF-17B - Model of 2016; twin-seat variant with training capability while retaining combat effectiveness.
JF-17 Block 3 - Proposed 4.5 Generation Fighter model with Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD) capability; AESA radar fit in nose; IRST systems support; revised engine installation; increased performance.
FC-1 'Xiaolong' ('Fierce Dragon') - CAC company designation.
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