PAF to be equipped with 62 fourth generation indigenous built Fighter Jets: Report

PAF to be equipped with 62 fourth generation indigenous built Fighter Jets: Report

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani government has decided to equip PAF with fourth generation JF-17 (Block 3). Pakistani Air Force is in the process of adding 62 JF-17 (Block 3).

Pakistan's JF-17 is a Multi Combat Aircraft which is jointly developed by Pakistan's Aeronautical Complex and China's Chengdu Aircraft Corporation.

The Pakistani government is keen to induct most advanced version of JF-17 series -- the new JF-17 Block-3 -- to make its air force match its Indian counterpart.

PAF will receive 13 JF-17 (Block 2) by July 2019. More advanced two seater- JF-17 Block-2 jets will be added by 2020. Pakistani Air Force plans to induct 22 JF-17 (Block-2) jets before 2020.

Pakistan and China are also jointly developing JF-17 (Block-3) jets which is a fourth generation fighter jet. Pakistani Air Force is expecting the new variants of JF-17 (Block-3) to be delivered from 2020 which will be more powerful than the already existing JF-17 series. Pakistan plans to induct 28 new JF-17 (Block-3) till 2022.

Two JF-17 (Block-3) jets would be delivered by China's Chengdu Aircraft Corporation and the remaining 26 will be made in Pakistan.

JF-17 (Block-3) has feature of avionics advancement such as helmet display and sight system, a new single panel multi-functional display, an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar paired with an infrared search and track system. JF-17 (Block-3) will have cockpit with a flight control stick on the side and a two seater cockpit option with a top speed of 2.00 plus mach.