ISLAMABAD: On Monday, The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has handed over 16th JF-17 Thunder to Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Radio Pakistan reported.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Mashal Sohail Aman attended the event.
On the occasion, PAF spokesman said, “Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra has handed over 16th JF-17 Thunder to PAF this year. A target of producing sixteen JF-17 Thunder jets was given to the complex in 2015”.
“I appreciate the vital role played by our time-tested Chinese friends for the success of the JF-17 program. Their support of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra and so many other projects is cherished and highly valued by every Pakistani,” Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said while speaking during event.
Air Cheif Sohail Aman acknowledged the progress made by JF-17 programme
About JF-17 Aircraft:
Length: 49 ft
Height: 15.5 ft
Wingspan: 31 ft
Empty Weight: 14,520 lb
Maximum Take Off Weight: 27,300 lb
Max Mach No: 1.6
Maximum Speed: 700 Knots IAS
Service Ceiling: 55,500 ft
Ferry Range: 1,880 NM
G Limit: +8,-3
Thrust to Weight Ratio: 0.95
Maximum Engine Thrust: 19,000 lb
No of Stations: 07
Total Load Capacity: 3400 lb
The aircraft capable of carrying some of the most modern as well as conventional weapons, including:
- 70-100 Km beyond visual range active missiles
- Highly agile Imaging infrared short range missiles
- Air to sea missiles
- Anti radiation missiles
- Laser guided weapons
- Runway penetration bombs
- General purpose bombs
- Training bombs
- 23 mm double barrel gun
Note: Information about JF-17 specifications and weapon capability has been taken from PAC official website.