Fuel cells are visible on the fuselage of a specially painted JF-17.
Another close up of fuel sections on JF-17 fuselage. The aircraft can carry a total of 2330 kg (5,130 lb)of fuel in fuselage and wings. To enhance more range,
an 800 litre droptank can be mounted on the aircraft’s center line station and two 800 or 1100 litre droptanks can also be mounted on the two inboard under-wing pylons.
JF-17 has one multi barreled 20mm GSU-23 gun, mounted under the port air inlet. The ammo box present adjacent to the gun, which is capable of
holding up to 250 20mm bullets.
The side view of JF-17’s gun. Note various points to keep the barrel cool during rapid use.
Navigation lights are present on both sides of intakes near the RESCUE marking. Similar lights are also present on both sides of the wing too.
A JF-17 moments after takeoff, four navigational lights are visible on intake and wings.
Each year different fighter squadrons are deputed to remote air fields/airbases as a part of their operational readiness training. During such deployments 4-6 aircraft are flown, with a bunch of air crew and aircraft spares in supporting transport aircraft. In such out of station deployments, transportation of related equipment is mandatory. Some necessary pilot related luggage (including ration, electronic equipment, maps and rescue items) are carried by the same fighter aircraft itself. For e.g. F-16s around the globe use MXU-648 baggage pod to carry such items. MXU-648 occupies one pylon, it could be pylon 3/7 or centerline pylon 5. Baggage pods are also used in air ferry missions, air show and exercises deployments.
In JF-17, a baggage section is made behind the port side intake. Air crew inserts luggage in this dedicated compartment and then close it by tightening the screws. After reaching the desired location, air crew opens the same section and extracts the baggage. Such salient feature s embedded in its design will allow attachment of more weapons on either side of the wing. Needless to say a free pylon can also become useful in war time deployments too.
JF-17 crew placing luggage in the specialized baggage compartment. In the last photo, two members of ground crew are finalizing this work.
The baggage section is located just before the landing gear door on the port side of the aircraft. The components in similar section on the
starboard side is the Jet Fuel Starter (JFS).
This picture shows the direction of air flow via intake. The green arrows represent the areas left above and under the luggage section,
to continue the rapid flow of air through the aircraft.
Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) point:
JFS is a ground based electric power unit, that runs the aircraft engine when aircraft is not on its own power. JFS is a military version of Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) present in the airliners to start their engines. In JF-17 the JFS cable is inserted inside the aircraft’s power unit located behind the starboard air intake.
A 60KVA power JFS mounted on a mini truck, that power the JF-17 engine. A JFS can start engine in less than 3 minutes.
Note the cable leaving JFS and going inside the aircraft’s power section.