Brand New JF-17 Thunder Block III Fighter Jets Delivered to Pakistan Air Force

Brand New JF-17 Thunder Block III Fighter Jets Delivered to Pakistan Air Force


The most recent JF-17 "Thunder" fighter aircraft, which were produced in collaboration between the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), are being put into service by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

The PAF said in the middle of November that the new Block III version is superior to the Block II version in a number of ways. The PAF lists "better maneuverability, extended range, and enhanced combat capabilities" as some of these improvements.

Other improvements include better avionics and a smaller radar cross-section as a result of using more composites. The chinese state-run TV broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said in September that the aircraft also had an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on board.

This radar system seems to be the KLJ-7A X-band airborne 3D fire-control radar (FCR) from Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET). The KLJ-7 V2 is used in the Block II version.
 

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