A jet built by China and Pakistan may soon be the most widely operated combat aircraft in the world

A JF-17 Thunder at Kamra Aeronautical Complex northwest of Islamabad in March 2007.

China and Pakistan jointly developed the JF-17 combat jet, which first entered service in 2007.
As of October 2021, some 145 JF-17s were in service with Pakistan, Myanmar, and Nigeria.
Several other countries have expressed interest in the jet, and its numbers are poised to grow.

In early November, three JF-17 fighters of the Pakistani Air Force conducted aerial demonstrations at the Bahrain International Air Show.

At the same time, China was showcasing the JF-17 at the annual China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zuhai, China.

The events were the latest attempts by China and Pakistan to market their jointly developed fourth-generation fighter jet to international customers.

The JF-17 is only in service with three countries — Pakistan, Myanmar, and Nigeria — which operated a total of 145 as of October 2021, according to Aviation Week.

At the time, Aviation Week data showed that total was set to rise to 185 JF-17s by mid-decade — growth that would make it the most widely operated Chinese combat jet in service overseas by the end of 2023.

JF-17 Thunder
A Pakistan Air Force JF-17 takes off at a base in northern Pakistan in June 2013.

Developed by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, the JF-17 first flew in 2003. The single-seat, single-engine jet is known in Pakistan as the JF-17 Thunder and as the FC-1 Xiaolong in China.

With a service ceiling of 50,000 feet and a top speed of about 1,200 mph, the JF-17 can perform several missions, including aerial intercept and ground attack. It can carry roughly 7,000 pounds of ordnance on seven hardpoints and is armed with a single twin-barrel 23 …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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