PAF begins JF-17 Thunder Block 3 production, dual-seat JF-17s inducted

Block 3 has battle superiority over India’s recently acquired Rafale jets due to a better radar system

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has started manufacturing the state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder Block 3 fighter jets. Pakistan also completed dual-seat JF-17 aircraft.

Previously, Pakistan has manufactured around 100 JF-17 Thunder Block 1 and Block 2 jets since 2009. The Block 3 JF-17s are equipped with a new operational radar that makes it better for battle in comparison with the French jets Rafale that India recently acquired.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong and Pakistan’s Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan were present at the ceremony. Rong congratulated Pakistan on China’s behalf for the 17th Block-II Dual Seat joining its air defense fleet.

“Pakistan Air Force Block III is a very important project,” he said, adding “Cooperation in defense production is an example of our friendship.” He assured of continued support by China for ongoing and future joint ventures in all domains.

PAF chief thanked China for its support in achieving this milestone. He emphasized the need for indigenization and self-reliance in military hardware and praised the initiatives of PAC Kamra for the design, development, manufacturing, and overhaul of aerial warfare assets. He also applauded the collaboration between the aviation industries of Pakistan and China.

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