Dubai Air Show: Pakistan-China’s co-developed fourth-generation fighter jet JF-17 Thunder has attracted intention at the first sale during the show.
As stated in the Chinese media reports, the aircraft’s developers have already signed a deal with anonymous buyer as they hope to have more orders in the future.
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic) has signed the contract with an unidentified purchaser, claimed the Chinese Daily. However, it isn’t detailed that how many jets were sold.
“Several potential buyers have expressed to us their strong intention of introducing the aircraft, and they have performed comprehensive assessments of the plane,” Liu Yu, deputy head of Avic’s military aircraft trade wing, told China Daily.
Air Commodore and Pakistan Air Force officer Khalid Mahmood working in sales and marketing said: “A contract has been signed with an Asian country.”
However, he didn’t disclose the name of that country and deliveries are expected to start in 2017.
Previously, the JF-17 Thunder aircraft participated in couple of air shows held in various countries including Farnborough Air Show UK, Zhuhai Air Show China, Turkish Air Show Turkey, and the Dubai Air Show UAE.
Jointly developed by PAF and China Aero-technology Import Export Corporation (CATIC), JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight multi-role aircraft co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and CATIC).