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PAC JF-17 "Thunder"

Lightweight Multirole Aircraft

A Chinese-Pakistan Endeavor.

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.
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Mission Roles

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Partnership Yields Results

Chinese and Pakistani aero-industry have banded together to produce the JF-17 'Thunder' - known as the FC-1 'Xiaolong' ('Fierce Dragon') to China. This initiative therefore combines the expertise of both countries to produce a single combat platform worthy of global export.

Decades of Aerospace Experience

Decades of experience in building and operating Soviet-Russian combat aircraft has allowed Chinese and Pakistani aviation industries to expand into more indigenous efforts - the JF-17 reflects this.

Lightweight Multirole

The lightweight multirole nature of the JF-17's design means it its to in the same category as storied types such as the Lockheed Martin F-16 'Fighting Falcon' - capable of meeting threats head-on with a plethora of air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry.

Single Engine Power

The JF-17 relies on a single, yet powerful, Klimov RD-93 series turbofan engine with integrated reheat capability. This supplies up to 11,100lb of dry thrust and a full 19,200lb of thrust under afterburning power.


Active, In-Service (17 yrs)
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) - Pakistan / Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAC) - China
105 Units
3 Total

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Myanmar; Nigeria; Pakistan

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
JF-17 Block 2: 1 x Klimov RD-93 afterburning turbofan engine developing 11,100lb of dry thrust and 19,200lb of thrust with reheat.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
1,243 mph | 2,000 kph | 1,080 kts
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)
49.21 feet (15.00 meters)
31.17 feet (9.50 meters)
15.49 feet (4.72 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the JF-17 Block 2 production model)
14,550 lb (6,600 kg)
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:

Automatic Cannon graphic Automatic Cannon(s)
Air-to-Air Missile graphic Air-to-Air Missiles
Air-to-Surface Missile graphic Air-to-Surface Missiles
Precision-Guided Bomb graphic Precision-Guided Bombs
Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
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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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