Preparation of Block 3 of JF-17 state-of-the-art fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force has been started while 14 JF-17B aircraft manufactured with the cooperation of China have been handed over to Pakistan Air Force.
These aircraft have been developed by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).
On Wednesday, Kamra Airbase hosted the launch of double-seater JF-17B aircraft into the Pakistan Air Force fleet and the commencement of production of JF-17 Block III.
Air Commodore Ahmar Raza, a spokesman for the Pakistan Air Force, told the BBC that the new JF-17B model aircraft joining the Pakistan Air Force has two seats and will be used mostly for training.
“The missiles and radar in the new planes are the same as the old planes, just one seat has been added in the new model so that the other pilot can sit and we can use these planes in training.”
The Pakistan Air Force says it will meet the training needs of the organization, but it is fully capable of all types of combat operations and will increase the force’s operational capability.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal also inaugurated the production of Block III of JF-17 Thunder on Wednesday.
According to the Pakistan Air Force, the JF-17 aircraft of Block III will be the most advanced model and will help the Pakistan Air Force maintain a balance of resistance in the changing situation in the region.
The JF-17 block will be the 4th generation fighter aircraft.
A Pakistan Air Force spokesman told us that Block III is the next version of JF-17. In which new radars will be installed, this version of the ship will also be equipped with new and modern weapons and missiles. The capability of electronic warfare will also be enhanced and improved from every angle.
According to the spokesman, the Block III aircraft “will be ready in about one and a half years.”
“Block 3’s JF-17 aircraft will be equipped with air-to-air and air-to-land weapons.”
The JF-17 Block III is claimed to be even better than India’s Rafale aircraft.
A Pakistan Air Force spokesman said: Such analysis is absolutely correct, but Block III will be better than Rafal in many respects.
Air Marshal (retd) Masood Akhtar while talking about the importance of 14 two-seater J-17Bs joining the Pakistan Air Force said that these aircrafts are very important for Pakistan in terms of exports.
“Every time we talked to a customer, they said we needed double-seater aircraft for training and that these aircraft were specially designed for that purpose.”
It may be recalled that the JAC-17 aircraft which Pakistan has prepared for sale to different countries was also displayed in the PAC on Wednesday.
The JF-17 Thunder fighter jet is also important to Pakistan because Pakistan manufactures it itself.
Pakistan has acquired the capability to build these aircraft with the help of China and according to experts, this aircraft is a versatile, lightweight, fourth generation multi-role aircraft.
JF-17 Thunder shot down an Indian Air Force MiG-21 with a Beyond Visual Range missile after the Balakot incident. At the same time, JF-17 Thunder was well received.
The JF-17 Thunder is capable of surveillance on the ground and air combat as well as ground attack. The aircraft is capable of using weapons other than air-to-ground, air-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems.