Four JF-17 Thunder aircrafts over Islamabad.Pakistan Air Force (PAF) now has a total of eight JF-17 Thunder aircrafts. Six more aircrafts were recieved this March while two were recieved last year for the celebration of Pakistan Day during the same month.

All of the eight aircrafts according to the officials will be used for testing and evaluation purposes for the air force and are not meant to be inducted as of yet. Four or more JF-17 Thunder aircrafts will show up on the March 23rd, Pakistan Day parade.

JF-17 Thunder aircraft is an advanced multi-role light combat aircraft jointly developed by Chengdu and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex under a strategic collaboration project. The aircraft is designed to be cost-effective and can meet the tactical and strategic needs of the Pakistan Air Force, and various other air forces.

The production facilities have been setup for the aircraft in Pakistan. The first batch of 50 JF-17 Thunder aircrafts will be equipped with the Chinese/Pakistani avionics and missiles, while the later aircrafts are to be equipped with more advanced radars and missiles.

France has offered Pakistan its RC-400 radar and MBDA MICA missile for the aircraft. However, rumour suggests that AESA radar of different choices may finally be the later choice of the Pakistan Air Force and the MBDA Meteor missile too is on the cards.

The serial production of JF-17 Thunder has already started and the production capacity would be gradually taken to 25 aircraft per year by 2011.

The Air Cheif Marshal of the Pakistan Air Force has said that about 60 percent of the aircraft’s frame and 80 percent of its avionics would be manufactured in Pakistan by 2010.

Pakistan has begun negotiations with British, Italian, and French defence firms over potential avionics and other systems for the JF-17 Thunder aircrafts.

Pakistan Air Force hopes to induct 150 aircraft into its inventory in the first phase, under an agreement with the Chinese company, and the total induction could go up to 250 aircrafts.

The JF-17 will form the backbone of Pakistan to replace aging Pakistan’s MiG-21-derived Chengdu F-7, Nanchang A-5 and Mirage III/V currently in service which are being crashed at an alarming rate. Just today, on March 18 another Mirage III/V fighter plane has said to be crashed in eastern Punjab province. The pilot of the plane ejected safely and no loss of civilian life or property has been reported on ground

The JF-17 Thunder is said to be the main attractive aircraft for the future of the air forces with different high-med tech packages available. Thirteen countries have so far expressed interest in purchasing the JF-17 aircraft are Azerbaijan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Algeria and Sudan.


  1. PAF is best force…..But I really want to say that PAF should need to get plane like Su-30, F-22 etc……F-16 and JF-17 can be used for dog fight……..

  2. I think Pakistan Air Force is the best force in the world . All the men power including flying, engineering ,admin are fully dedicated . They are working with full devotion for a cause to save the nation . Requirment of the time to nation is to search and find the ways to decrease our dependability on US , Becoz we can not trust on US( friend of india). I wish long live pakistan air force long live my pakistan

    • To all those who think Pakistan Air Force is the best, you really need to come out of that bubble of yours and see the rest of the world. The world isn’t just limited to India and Pakistan. There are many other great nations who have achieved remarkable military ventures.

      Pakistan Air Force has carried out great sorties, but you cant compare PAF with the UK’s much experienced Royal Air Force and obviously the leading USAF. Their pilots are amazingly talented and their training is much more intense than the one given to PAF Pilots.

      In world ranking, PAF stands at the lower 8th, in terms of their Pilots and Aircraft.

      1) USAF
      2) UK’s RAF
      3) Israeli Air Force
      4) Russian Air Force
      5) Italian Air Force
      6) China’s Air Force
      7) Turkish Air Force
      8) PAF
      12) Indian Air Force

      It is true that Pakistan’s army have an unmatchable devotion to their country, but in terms of Military power and influence, Pakistan is far behind.

  3. we proud to be pakistani.and i think jf1 thunder is better than otherz aircraft.and had no worries about our nation bcoz our shaheen is alive./.thank u pakistan.THANK U PAKISTAN AIR FORCE

    • India has its own missile defence system…..& soon American “Patriot anti missile” system will be inducted. so shaheen’s will be threat to India if it carries Nuclear weapon…

  4. The bravery of PAF can never b called into question. our pilots r second to none. our PAF has played ever dominating role ever. Analls of history r repleated with such un matched examples. v need more FIGHTING FALCONS in order to make our front line defence more and more defensive and hard. In future FC-20 and F-16 will play an important and miraclous role on LOC and our defence . At last salute to our hard hitting and daring PILOTS of P.A.F. thanks ALOT. ADIEU. FOR More INFORMATION DIAL 03366909809 OR VISIT MY id

    • On training of Jf-17,,, pakistani pilot asked his Chinese trainer(master) “how will i bring this aircraft down?”
      his trainer replied “dont worry,, Indians will do that for u”

  5. 我来自中国南京,不会英语,嘿嘿。希望能看懂中文的巴基斯坦朋友能原谅。我们把巴基斯坦称为“巴铁”,即铁哥们的意思!祝你们越来越强大,越来越好。

  6. Dear Kets
    I thought w were discussing PAF and its future acquirements. Where does the terrorism and India come from. I think this forum should be used only to discuss Air Force and not politics.

  7. if pakistan can aquire drone and joint projects with china for developing jf17 then why its geting late in technology like stealth 5th generation fighters

  8. pakistanis must make full efforts for the mission of islam for wat it is made .InshaAllah khailafat will be implemented in pakistan

  9. Assalman-u-Alaikum.
    Well, PAF isint the best of all AirForces, but the pilots are one of the best. You can always expect anything from them, as MM Alam.

    Our fighting experience and techniques are unique, and we are one of the best trained pilots.

    Also to stick on topic, we have got 21 JF-17s in final stages and around 6-9 which are being built.

    They soon will apply to the services to the country, Inshallah.

    Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman also said, they would be induced soon.

    Last Hope (Hassan)

  10. v proud of pakistan Airforce.
    Nwo PAF is on nomber 8th ,in the world and INDIA is on no,12th ,, but v have to get no,1,
    So ,PAF, need mor latest technolgy .F16, JF17, and mor new technolgies. *PAF*zindabad.

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