JF-17 Thunder – All round view Chapter 7 : JF-17 Thunder’s Landing Gears, Engine, Air Brakes and Horizontal Stabilizers
JF-17 Landing Gears:
Pictures of front landing gear of JF-17, the design is flexible enough to sustain hard landing with immense weapon load. Two large lights mounted on its top, enhances the pilot’s field of view during takeoff and landings at night.
Top Left and Right: View of Rear landing gears
Bottom Left: Close up of both rear landing gears designed to carry additional weight and to become helpful in making safe landing with high configuration of weapon load.
Bottom Right: Notice the position of landing gear boxes & gear doors. They are exact behind the air inlets, hence making no hurdles in airflow.
JF-17 air brakes are located on each side of the rear fuselage section. These highly responsive air brakes are capable of stopping the aircraft within 825m.
The petals of JF-17 air brakes open in outward position, increasing the amount of drag which helps in decreasing airspeed. The air brakes are controlled by the hydraulics system of the aircraft, which also controls the landing gear boxes.
A close up view of the horizontal stabilizers of JF-17. Electricity dischargers can be seen on edges of horizontal stabilizers on both sides.
RD-93 Engine & exhaust:
JF-17 Thunder has a modified RD-33 engine capable of producing 79-98kN of thrust.
The inside view of RD-93 engine’s exhaust. Note the afterburner detail and the shades of fuel burning generated on the outward areas of the exhaust.
Engine’s exhaust states:
The exhaust at the idle state with no or less power.
The exhaust contracts with considerable amount of power applied to the engine.
JF-17 Thunder on the takeoff roll. The exhaust is at the final afterburner state, with maximum power. RD-93 produces 8795 kg (19,391 lb) of thrust. Another engine WS-13 is undergoing flight trails at Chengdu, it has greater probability of becoming a part of JF-17 in future.