Any word on the progress of the WS-19 Engine (Estimated max thrust of 24,000lb)?Mathathir do not want american product. The GE414 engine is a sole.
Induction of the JF-17 with the WS-19 engine will allow the JF-17 to match the GE414, including planned future developments of the GE414. If the weight of the air frame is an issue, it is not to late for the CAC team to refine the design of the Block III to use more composites, and so have a better Thrust to weight ratio then the Tejas or TA-50.
Finally, Inducting the JF-17 would line up Malaysia to procure the J-31 when it becomes available, allowing it to keep up with the Singaporian F-35 procurement.
The only issue is the territorial disputes between Malaysia and China in the South China Sea. This may be an issue that, if not resolved, could derail procurement of the JF-17 by Malaysia.