Yesterday PAF has inducted JF-17 in its third operational squadron. The ceremony was conducted at PAF Base Mushaf, Sargodha “the home of Falcons” and saw induction of JF-17 in PAF’s topgun school “Combat Commanders School”. JF-17 induction in CCS point to that fact that PAF wants this aircraft become mature & thoroughly tested in advance tactical flight scenarios. In CCS; a part from advance tactics and flying JF-17 shall also be perfoming weapons integration trials for new weapons for PAF.
A specially made cake for the event.
Flight lines of recently arrived JF-17 from No.16 Sqn. More aircraft shall join the unit in coming weeks.
Read More on JF-17 update on our blog post dated Dec 16, 2014.
No.26 Squadron “Black Spiders” was the first squadron to be equipped with JF-17 Thunder in 2010. Being the first operational squadron with newly built JF-17 aircraft, 26 Sqn has various responsibilities that includepilot training and weapons testing.
Black Spiders have also participated in PAF’ s largest exercise “Exercise High Mark 2010” and joint exercise “Exercise Shaheen-I” with the PLAAF (Peoples Liberation Army Air Force) in 2011. 26 MR SqnJF-17s have also made their attendance in Farnborough International air show, U.K (2010), Zhuhai air show, China (2010) and Izmir air show, Turkey (2011).
No.26 MR Sqn “Black Spiders” pilots with their Officer Commanding Wng Cdr Khalid Mehmood.
Posted above is a pictorial slideshow of project JF-17 Thunder from its inception to the current day. The dream which was placed on paper more than two decades ago under the name of project Super Sabre-II transformed to JF-17 Thunder in 2003. Since the first flight of its prototype in 2003, JF-17/FC-1 has surpassed 10,000 hrs marks recently this November. Over the years Thunder has transformed into a lethal fighting machine and a true Multirole fighter, with various types of state-of-the-art air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons integrated/undergoing integration with it.
JF-17 is capable of performing anti-radar, anti-ship, electronic warfare and precision targeting missions too. Having a lethal anti-jamming and electronic warfare suite, it has the capability to take on any mission anywhere.
As of today, some 40 JF-17s have been delivered to PAF in two operational squadrons and a third one to be re-equipped in the start of 2012. Pakistan’s plans of replacing aging A-5 III has been accomplished in April 2011, entire replacement of Mirage-III/V and F-7P aircraft will be completed by 2015.
After integration of ZDK-03 and Saab-2000 AEW&C aircraft with JF-17, it will be able to perform all weather missions in varied conditions.
It won’t be wrong to conclude that this is what the PAF had dreamed of more than two decades ago – a lethal state-of-the-art Multirole fighter at an affordable cost.