JF 17B Thunder Dual Seat Fighter Plane Update: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) announced on Friday that JF-17B, a two-seat version of JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, had been successfully tested. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman witnessed the test-flight in Chengdu, China.
The JF 17B Thunder Dual Seat Fighter Plane , produced jointly by Pakistan and China, was developed at the Aviation Industry Corporation of China and it can be used both for training and combat missions.
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The PAF said:
“The JF 17B Thunder Dual Seat Fighter Plane is a major milestone towards self-reliance and would boost operational and training capabilities of the Pakistan Air Force. It will further enhance advanced combat training of PAF fighter pilots on this indigenous war fighting machine.”
The JF-17 aircraft was inducted into the PAF in 2007 and its five squadrons have been raised so far.
The JF 17B Thunder Dual Seat Fighter Plane is the latest variant of the single-seat JF-17 fourth-generation multirole combat aircraft co-developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, the leading aviation company in Pakistan.
It was designed to meet the requirements of such planes from foreign clients and the international market, according to the AVIC.
The state-owned aircraft giant said the JF 17B Thunder Dual Seat Fighter Plane was capable of not only training pilots but also engaging in aerial combat and striking ground targets.
Yang Ying, general manager of China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp, the trade wing of AVIC, said:
“The JF-17B is one of the best trainer and fighter jets in the international market.”
JF 17B Thunder Dual Seat Fighter Plane can carry beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles, anti-ship cruise missiles and precision land-attack ammunition.
“Because of the JF-17’s excellent service record and the new plane’s good capability and competitive price, the JF-17B has received orders from the international market even before the maiden flight, which means our clients have a very high level of confidence in our development and production capacity.”
The PAF statement said:
“The JF-17 Thunder is an excellent fighter aircraft which can easily be compared with the fourth generation aircraft of the world.”
Jane’s Defence reported:
“The recently posted images confirm that the fighter has a larger swept-back vertical stabiliser as seen in a model of the aircraft shown at Airshow China in Nov 2016. They also confirm that the variant has a deeper dorsal spine, which adds fuel capacity to compensate for the additional weight.”
Defence analyst Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal says JF 17B Thunder Dual Seat Fighter Plane was the result of cooperation between Pakistan, China and Russia.
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