JF-17 Thunder

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JF-17 with its armoury at Zhuhai air show 2012. Prominent on extreeme left is 900kg CM-400AKG Stand Off Missile (SOM); believed to have a speed of Mach4+ and an impressive range of 180-250 km.



JF-17 Thunder Time Line

A collection of Project JF-17 related pictures from its inception to induction in Pakistan Air Force.





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Top rows: JF-17 5-ship formation landing at its new home Mushaf Air Base. All aircraft are transferred from No.16 & No.26 Sqn.

Last Row: JF-17s lined up with CCS Mirage & F-7 after arriving at Mushaf for formal induction ceremony in Combat Commanders School(CCS) on 26 Jan,2015.

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Pictures on No.16 Sqn JF-17s Sr. # 11-38 displayed at International Defence Exhibition (IDEAS-2014).

The aircraft was displayed with Brazilian Origin MAR-1 Anti-Radiation Missile, MBDA Durandal Anti-Runway-Bomb, MK-82 Snake eye bomb

and MK-82/83/84 general purpose bombs.

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Pictures of No.16 Sqn JF-17s Sr. # 11-129 and 11-134 during routine training fights.

An unmarked JF-17 (Sr.# 14-149) takes off from Minhas AB for a Functional Check Flight (FCF). Production of second batch (referred as Block-II) JF-17s in underway at PAC.


JF-17 formation prepares for landing at Minhas AB.

PAF operates 3 squadrons of JF-17 aircraft.


JF-17 Thunder from No.16 Sqn launching from Mushaf Air Base to participate in Air Combat Training mission in Exercise Saffron Bandit 2013.

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A four-ship JF-17 formation prepares to takeoff from Kamra "City of Thunders" for a training fight.

The smaller Mean-Time-Between-Takeoff (MTBT) of JF-17 allow it to counter any emerging threat by quickly getting airborne.


Panther's JF-17 landing after completion of air combat training flight at ACMI range during Exercise Saffron Bandit 2013. The aircraft is equipped with PL-5 Captive-Air-Training-Missile-(CATM).


JF-17 taking off to participate in Dubai Airshow'2013. Earlier PAF JF-17, K-8 and Mushshaks have participated in Dubai Air show 2011.


JF-17 from No.16 Sqn returns home aftera successful training sortie. PAF has been employing JF-17 in Test & Evaluation (T&E) and air defence role.


Close up shot of JF-17 cockpit.


JF-17 afterburner seen during take off roll

with three fuel tanks - July 2013.


JF-17 passing by flight lines of No.26 MR Sqn

at Peshawer air base.

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Pictures of No.16 Sqn JF-17s Sr. # 12-138 and 12-142 performing at Dubai International Air Show 2013.
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Pictures of No.26 Sqn JF-17s Sr.# 09-112 and 10-114 performing at Izmir Air Show 2011. More pictures here.

JF-17 armed with 2000lbs Mark-84 bomb on centerline pylon. JF-17 can carry variety of General Purpose Bombs, Laser Guided and Glide Guided precision munitions.


JF-17 painted in Pakistani flag scheme belonging to No.26 Sqn perparing for a training flight from Minhas AB, Kamra.


JF-17 # 07-103 was the third JF-17 delivered to PAF in 2007 and was extensively used for Test & Evaluation (T&E) flights till 2010 before formally handed over to No.26 MR Sqn.


'Black Panthers' JF-17 Sr.# 11-124 and 11-128 armed with PL-5E missile training rounds, 1000 litre fuel tanks underwing and MK-82 General Purpose Bombs for 'High-Low' profile mission.




No.16 Sqn JF-17 banking to its right during a training flight. In July'2013, China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) presented a model of proposed two-seat version of FC-1 aircraft at Le Bourget air show for export purpose.


Klimov RD-93 engine undergoing testing before installation onto aircraft. RD-93 has been robust and trusty worthy engine for JF-17. It was tested in all kinds of temperature ranges in Pakistan.


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