China, Pakistan, upgrading, JF-17 Thunder, India

China, Pakistan upgrading JF-17 Thunder jet to make it more ‘powerful’

With hostility between Pakistan and India subsiding to an extent, on the other hand latest reports in the Indian media suggest that Pakistan and China have planned to upgrade their jointly-produced JF-17 Thunder fighter jet to enhance “informatised warfare”.

Yang Wei, a Chinese legislator and chief designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet was reported to have said that “the development and production of the JF-17 Block 3 are underway.”

The JF-17, or the FC-1, is a single-engine multi-role light fighter jet jointly developed by China and Pakistan for export, according to the website of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

According to a report of China Aviation News, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst told Global Times that the JF-17 Block 3 is likely to be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar, which can gather more information in combat, enabling the fighter jet to engage from a farther range and attack multiple targets at the same time. A helmet-mounted display and sight system could also allow pilots to aim whatever he sees.

With the new upgrade, the JF-17 Block 3 will match an improved version of the F-16 fighter jet, he added. JF-17, or the FC-1, is a single-engine multi-role light fighter jet jointly developed by China and Pakistan for export.




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