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Pakistan-China to Develop JF-17 Block II‏


Although the JF-17 design was frozen after its 6th prototype, there was an informal understanding on further development of the block II stealthy version. Several designs of the stealthy JF-17 have since then been floated, like the one above. Now, there are reports coming of an MoU been officially signed between Pakistan and China to develop the much advanced block II version. The JF-17, despite seeing immense hindrance by India [and may be Russia now] is surprisingly seeing huge acceptance and appreciation from some very good Air forces of the world such as of Turkey and Egypt. In fact, there were also reports of India considering the JF-17 before 26/11.

The new JF-17 block II could be an indication of Pakistan’s approval for its next (5th) generation fighter and this comes because India has already agreed to “pay for” the PAK-FA Russian 5th generation fighter, aimed at countering the American F-22 Raptor. India is also on papers wooing an indigenous [?] 5th generation fighter called the MCA (Medium Combat aircraft) but with India’s LCA now entering its 4th decade of prototyping, this seems not likely before 2040, a time when 6th generation fighters would already be flying. The block II of JF-17 could see deployment before 2020. This is reported to be an entirely full-stealth aircraft. Congratulations to the nation.

China-Pak in MoU to Develop Variant on JF-17 Thunder

China and Pakistan have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a stealth version of a light-weight fighter aircraft being jointly produced by them to match MiG-21 warplane, a work horse of the Indian Air Force.

JF-17 Thunder, also known as FC-1, being jointly built by Kamra-based Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Chengdu Aerospace Company (CAC) today made its first appearance at an international air show having flown in here after making refueling stops in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The plane, which has been in development in one form or another since 1991, is a symbol of cooperation between China and Pakistan and the first assembled version brought out by the Kamra plant, delivered in November last year, according to ‘Show News,’ a special issue of defence journal Aviation Week for the Farnborough Air Show.

“The two (countries) have also reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a stealth variant of the JF-17 Thunder,” it said.

The journal said that Pakistan Air Force (PAK) is expected to acquire around 250 JF-17s, but this may be a split of 100 in the JF-17 configuration, being displayed at the air show here, and 150 of the stealth multi-role combat aircraft (MCRA) between 2015 and 2025.

A Russian-built Klimov RD-93 engine — a specialised single-engine fighter variant of the Mig 29’s RS-33 powerplant, powers the plane. The first prototype of the warplane flew in 2003 and the first two Chinese-made versions were handed over to the PAF in March 2007.

Show organisers said that the two JF-17 fighter planes would not fly as part of the air show. “The aircraft has not completed its full release to service in Pakistan,” the journal said, quoting a member of the flight control committee.

“Although that full release is only month away, the PAF is also today in what is for them new territory. Farnborough is their very first event of this kind ever,” it said.

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  1. ali
    July 21, 2010 at 2:51 am | #1

    Good work done by Pakistan and China, and i think before 2015 the JF-17 Stealth version will be flying in Pakistan ,,,,,,,Live long China,,Live long Pakistan.

  2. Naved
    July 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm | #2

    long live pakista and china

  3. September 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm | #3

    pakistan ur the best
    salute to pak and pak army

  4. Mahmood
    November 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm | #4

    Stealth without Internal Weapons Bay?. A stealth aircraft never carry weapons externally, what is your opinion on that

    • iqbal
      February 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #5

      It is Low obeservility design not stealth

  5. Haseeb
    March 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm | #6

    Dear Mahmood stealth cannot comes from having an internal weapons bay, its based on the radar that how advanced it is in stealth, a missile cannot be caught be in radar unless it is fired.

  6. Mirza Asad
    June 20, 2011 at 2:48 am | #7

    Hi all,

    Although it will be excellent of Pak – China to build a stealth aircraft but JF17 isnt technically capable of this transformation. All the weapons in an stealth air craft are inside it so that they arent detected by Mr Radar. JF 17 is a smaller air craft with high maneuver capability, Stealth are less manouverable because of their design. I think Pak China will build stealth but on a new structure and not based on the design JF 17….whatever happens we will soon have a killer aircraft!
    Pakistan Zindabad

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