Pakistan is ready to counter Lockheed Martin’s F-21 offer to India with JF-17 Thunder Block II multirole combat aircraft. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had placed an order for the JF-17 Thunder aircraft in late 2017. The aircraft will be delivered to the PAF by late June.
Air Chief Marshall Mujahid Anwar Khan said they are also keen on JF-17 Thunder Block III aircraft. The product of it is expected to begin later in 2019. Khan said the air force will make a decision on one of the two new Chinese AESA (airborne electronically scanned-array) radars. He added that they are currently evaluating the aircraft. “We hope to have the aircraft operating with the new radar by March 2020.”
According to sources, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has produced 50 Block I aircraft and 62 Block II JF-17s to date including the 12 Block II jets ordered in 2017. Presently, the PAF has 85 JF-17 Block I and II operationally deployed. Read More