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Dear all,

Years ago, I wrote a report on JF-17s manufacturing and presented it on a forum as part of a requirement of an operational course.

For the benefit of the Defence.pk community, I'm just sharing a portion of it after altering a some details and removing blueprints/maps/pictures and graphical representations.
Please do not reproduce let's be proud of the work PAC is doing :pakistan:


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Aircraft Manufacturing Complex - Pakistan Aeronautical Complex

The Facility
The operations related to the manufacturing of the JF-17s airframe are carried out at the state of the art facilities at Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, PAC Kamra. The factory is planned in a strategic manner aimed at maximizing product production efficiency. The following layout structure depicts the overview of the facility aimed at producing one of the most sophisticated machines in the region.

<Picture Removed>


Facility X

The facility X of the AMF is a hi-tech facility equipped with state of the art 5 axis machinery. The 5 axis machinery enables the manufacturing of the most sophisticated parts of the airframe. The steel and aluminum sheets are processed via 8 axis machinery which stretches while strengthening the material metallurgy. The facility X employs over 105 skilled workers which includes 4 officers and 15 supervisors (Junior Commissioned Officers). The facility is commanded by Group Captain who belongs from the Engineering branch of the PAF.

Facility Y

The section of the AMF is an ultra-modern aerospace facility where a variety of parts are manufactured on the ultra-hi-tech 5 axis machines. The 5 axis machines allows the product to be manufactured on a 5 axis model instead of the usual 3 axis (X, Y & Z) applied in other industries such as automobile and shipbuilding. This allows the AMF to manufacture hi-precision airframe parts required to sustain supersonic pressures. The facility is commanded by a Group Captain and employs 150 personnel with 9 officers.

Facility Z

This is an organized aerospace logistics facility whose strategies allow businesses and organizations to gain important capabilities to compete on a global scale. When executed properly, it allows AMF to meet and exceed specific industry and customer expectations.

Below is a list of core capabilities required for an optimal execution of aerospace logistics at PAC Kamra.

§ Strong communication and organizational skills to ensure that all runs smoothly from the planning stage to delivery

§ Supply chain management, to ensure that all components are accounted for and that business needs are planned for

o Manufacturing plan, including the timing of delivery of materials and the final product

o Warehousing and ground transportation solutions, for inventory management along the transportation process

§ Contingency plan, in case of emergencies and unforeseen circumstances

§ Speed, to ensure that the Air Force needs are met in a timely manner, and to minimize costs.

Logistics is a highly challenging task. Every operational component is costly, time sensitive, and interdependent on other components, and therefore every stage must be well planned and very well executed.

Organizations like PAC who incorporate aerospace in their logistics strategy require reliable and timely services – every minute counts and every dollar counts in such an expensive industry.

A strong aerospace logistics strategy of PAC benefits its supply chain and help its businesses gain a competitive edge in its industry. There are factors that must be considered to reap these rewards, including:

§ Special packaging for safety and breakage prevention specifically for aircraft transportation

§ The ability to track progress to understand when and where goods are at any given point

§ Ensure that components for a single item arriving from multiple locations are timed to arrive on time; be it at the same time, or as they are needed in the manufacturing/delivery process

§ Repairs be made quickly and efficiently

Ensure there are warehousing solutions at destinations so product, materials, and inventory are readily available, as they are needed. Inventory management, order processions, and inventory tracking are vital; this will help to ensure there is always enough inventory that components that are used together for production are packaged and delivered together, and that delivery to the destinations occurs on time with no waste.

The facility Z furthermore focuses on the following questions, do you have an emergency grounding contingency plan? Sometimes, for unforeseen reason aircraft can be grounded, causing equipment and inventory to be delayed or prevented entirely from arriving at its destination. To ensure that all client and stakeholder needs are being met, a contingency plan is made by Log Division.

As multiple parts may be arriving from multiple locations at different times, AMF deploys a system to be able to track all stages of delivery from the multiple networks, after carefully and strategically planning the path they will take. Logistics planners at facility Z ensure delivery occurs along the most efficient travel line for both time and costs saving purposes.

Things to keep in mind for this to be effective:

§ Local and international time zones, for delivery time and arrival time

§ International rules, regulations and laws for international transportation

§ Includes: taxes, trade agreements, environmental laws, human rights and manufacturing regulations

§ Transportation from the nearest airport to the items destination

§ Time-critical solutions, for late or last-minute shipments, and for rush orders

§ Having an onboard courier for sensitive or highly valuable items

Final Assembly

The final assembly of the JF-17 Thunder is done in a hi-tech state of the art facility at AMF. The huge hanger has the capacity of assembling up to 20 jets a year. The facility includes workstations where airmen work on the aircraft according to their expertise and field. The following tasks are performed at the final assembly

i) Butt joining of the minor surfaces

ii) Engine installation

iii) Cockpit installation

iv) Systems integration

v) Canopy installation

Flight Test Station (FTS)

The Air Force deploys different methods to test the aircraft's performance in a static position. Engine performance, electronic functioning, hydraulic symmetry are some of the tests the aircraft has to go through on the ground. Furthermore, specialized tests like GVT (Ground Vibration Test) to test the strength of the aircraft wing loading are also carried out by this facility. This facility is commanded by a Group Captain and 2 supervisors with a total strength of around 25 personnel.


Building the Thunder
The JF-17 is built inside the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF). The 3 major sub-groups of the AMF division at PAC which are responsible for the manufacturing of the JF-17 are:


i) Aircraft Production Group [APG]

ii) Structure Building Group [SBG]

iii) Parts Production Group [PPG]

iv) Logistics (Log)/Support Group




These three sub-groups are coordinated by an authority known as Production Planning & Control (PP&C). This authority on a very basic level deals with the Project Planning Office.
(PPO) which coordinates with the Chinese CAC/CATIC for the raw and semi-finished materials required to manufacture the aircraft locally.

The raw material on a very first level comes in the form of aluminum alloy sheets and bars. The Log division of the JF-17 stores these supplies until the facilities of Parts production group (PPG) requests their issuance. These sheets and bars are sent to Facility X at the AMF to be made into pieces of different strengths and sizes. For further processing, the finished products of facility X which are now stored at Log are transferred to facility Y which converts them into several components and structures. The semi-finished products of the facility Y are later sent to facility T sub-division for testing purposes and finally leave the PPG group for the next stage which takes place in the facilities of Structure Building Group (SBG).



The SBG now has semi-furnished parts of the wings, vertical tail, flaps, middle and rear fuselage. All of these parts come together as a result of the high-precision manufacturing at the facilities of X and Y at the AMF. The SBG group then assembles these parts together with the front fuselage section of the aircraft which is a direct import from Chinese Aerospace Corporation (CAC). After the assembly of the airframe structure. The aircraft is moved to the final assembly area which comes directly under the Aircraft Production Group (APG).


From the basic skeleton to the battle ready machine, this is what APG must accomplish in just 75 working days. Which translates into 16 battle ready assets in 12 months or equivalent to raising of one fighter squadron per year. Truly remarkable for a country with a comparatively young experience in aerospace industry.

The Aircraft production group builds the aircraft in 12 major sub-stages. Which are;


Stage 1: Acceptance

<Details Removed>

Stage 2: Laying and securing

<Details Removed>


Stage 3: Installation of pipes & components

<Details Removed>


Stage 4: Butt joining of aircrafts major surfaces.

<Details Removed>

Stage 5: Continuity & power on checks.

<Details Removed>


Stage 6: Adjustment of hydraulic & landing gear system.

<Details Removed>

Stage 7: Flight control adjustments & testing.

<Details Removed>

Stage 8: Installation of Engine & KCA

<Details Removed>

Stage 9: Aircraft leveling and system harmonization.

<Details Removed>



Stage 10: Quality inspection of complete aircraft

<Details Removed>

Stage 11: Aircraft symmetry and installation of seat/canopy.

<Details Removed>

Stage 12: Aircraft transfer to flight test station (FTS)

<Details Removed>


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Thanks airomerix for this detailed article dealing fuselage,lool forward for part on avionics.
comes in the form of aluminum alloy sheets and bars.
Do we manufacture them or import them from else where?
front fuselage section of the aircraft which is a direct import from Chinese Aerospace Corporation (CAC).
Why don't we manufacture this inhouse?
If i am not wrong that's one of the most precisely built parts of fuselage,housing avionics,MC,OBOG,Cockpit etc.

The aircraft is moved to the final assembly area which comes directly under the Aircraft Production Group (APG).
If we break down whole process into percentage,how much is built by PAC from scratch?
 

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Thanks airomerix for this detailed article dealing fuselage,lool forward for part on avionics.
Avionics is a sensitive area. Let's not go there. :D

Do we manufacture them or import them from else where?
We import them from France, Germany and sometimes China.

Why don't we manufacture this inhouse?
If i am not wrong that's one of the most precisely built parts of fuselage,housing avionics,MC,OBOG,Cockpit etc.
No. The front fuselage is imported from China in one piece. We will get there soon. But for now, we are only manufacturing wings, rear fuselage, rudder, cockpit glass etc.

If we break down whole process into percentage,how much is built by PAC from scratch?
52% built by PAC.
 

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What about surface/heat treatment, pipe and sheet metal bending capabilities, composite components?

Eventually, we will also need additive manufacturing and MIM parts manufacturing.
 

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Avionics is a sensitive area. Let's not go there. :D
I know but,there are still few things on which you can shed some light on,of course after getting your piece vetted from those who know better:enjoy:
We import them from France, Germany and sometimes China.
PAC must get local private sector onboard,may be with subsidy from Govt they are able to do that.
No. The front fuselage is imported from China in one piece. We will get there soon.
That's some good news.
52% built by PAC.
That's something on which all Pakistanis should feel proud:pakistan:
 

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PAF should first make a proper and detailed documentary on the JF17 Project, which is informative and is focused towards international audience.....where they take the interviews of those men who made it from project directors to engineers both in Pakistan and China as well as mentioning in showing in a proper way thats written here as well.

This should be quoted and shown to whoever questions its credentials.....You my friend @airomerix are just an individual opening a thread in a mere defence forum, who cant be shared as an authentic and serious source of information to international audience.


Make a proper and serious effort to sell this JF17 aircraft to the World! And now Specially to Russia this Block-3..............Their flanker market is already down post 27 feb. so take advantage of that, its low costs of service as well as low maintenance along with its rugged attitude and performance should build a realistic interest in it for Russian aircraforce, given that it already has a Russian engine as well as it will have interoperability with the whole region if Deployed in North Caucuses And in Western or Arctic regions , they will have for the first time a fighter jet who realistically has a chance against NATO's far superior and agile as well as better avionics jets, then those huge Flankers with weak Radars.........

Things have been changed for good post 27 feb. 2019's operation swift retort, now all these cartoons are at our mercy......We all have seen and laughed at their VDV standards against SSG and turns out this was the same VDV which fought against SSG in Afghanistan 40 years ago, and the results r right infront of everybody to see, so much so that only now they are able to build that Spec. Ops. ''University'' in Chechnya after learning from our training standards and Facilities! through Druzhba exercises.:rofl:

If Russia is far too invested into its time tested ally that it ends up giving an organization like SCO's hosting rights to our enemy in which Pakistan is also a member then it should rather buy weapons from Pakistan to prove its loyalty and usefulness infront of Pakistan and her interests..
 
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Dear all,

Years ago, I wrote a report on JF-17s manufacturing and presented it on a forum as part of a requirement of an operational course.

For the benefit of the Defence.pk community, I'm just sharing a portion of it after altering a some details and removing blueprints/maps/pictures and graphical representations.
Please do not reproduce let's be proud of the work PAC is doing :pakistan:


________________________________________________________________________

Aircraft Manufacturing Complex - Pakistan Aeronautical Complex

The Facility
The operations related to the manufacturing of the JF-17s airframe are carried out at the state of the art facilities at Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, PAC Kamra. The factory is planned in a strategic manner aimed at maximizing product production efficiency. The following layout structure depicts the overview of the facility aimed at producing one of the most sophisticated machines in the region.

<Picture Removed>


Facility X

The facility X of the AMF is a hi-tech facility equipped with state of the art 5 axis machinery. The 5 axis machinery enables the manufacturing of the most sophisticated parts of the airframe. The steel and aluminum sheets are processed via 8 axis machinery which stretches while strengthening the material metallurgy. The facility X employs over 105 skilled workers which includes 4 officers and 15 supervisors (Junior Commissioned Officers). The facility is commanded by Group Captain who belongs from the Engineering branch of the PAF.

Facility Y

The section of the AMF is an ultra-modern aerospace facility where a variety of parts are manufactured on the ultra-hi-tech 5 axis machines. The 5 axis machines allows the product to be manufactured on a 5 axis model instead of the usual 3 axis (X, Y & Z) applied in other industries such as automobile and shipbuilding. This allows the AMF to manufacture hi-precision airframe parts required to sustain supersonic pressures. The facility is commanded by a Group Captain and employs 150 personnel with 9 officers.

Facility Z

This is an organized aerospace logistics facility whose strategies allow businesses and organizations to gain important capabilities to compete on a global scale. When executed properly, it allows AMF to meet and exceed specific industry and customer expectations.

Below is a list of core capabilities required for an optimal execution of aerospace logistics at PAC Kamra.

§ Strong communication and organizational skills to ensure that all runs smoothly from the planning stage to delivery

§ Supply chain management, to ensure that all components are accounted for and that business needs are planned for

o Manufacturing plan, including the timing of delivery of materials and the final product

o Warehousing and ground transportation solutions, for inventory management along the transportation process

§ Contingency plan, in case of emergencies and unforeseen circumstances

§ Speed, to ensure that the Air Force needs are met in a timely manner, and to minimize costs.

Logistics is a highly challenging task. Every operational component is costly, time sensitive, and interdependent on other components, and therefore every stage must be well planned and very well executed.

Organizations like PAC who incorporate aerospace in their logistics strategy require reliable and timely services – every minute counts and every dollar counts in such an expensive industry.

A strong aerospace logistics strategy of PAC benefits its supply chain and help its businesses gain a competitive edge in its industry. There are factors that must be considered to reap these rewards, including:

§ Special packaging for safety and breakage prevention specifically for aircraft transportation

§ The ability to track progress to understand when and where goods are at any given point

§ Ensure that components for a single item arriving from multiple locations are timed to arrive on time; be it at the same time, or as they are needed in the manufacturing/delivery process

§ Repairs be made quickly and efficiently

Ensure there are warehousing solutions at destinations so product, materials, and inventory are readily available, as they are needed. Inventory management, order processions, and inventory tracking are vital; this will help to ensure there is always enough inventory that components that are used together for production are packaged and delivered together, and that delivery to the destinations occurs on time with no waste.

The facility Z furthermore focuses on the following questions, do you have an emergency grounding contingency plan? Sometimes, for unforeseen reason aircraft can be grounded, causing equipment and inventory to be delayed or prevented entirely from arriving at its destination. To ensure that all client and stakeholder needs are being met, a contingency plan is made by Log Division.

As multiple parts may be arriving from multiple locations at different times, AMF deploys a system to be able to track all stages of delivery from the multiple networks, after carefully and strategically planning the path they will take. Logistics planners at facility Z ensure delivery occurs along the most efficient travel line for both time and costs saving purposes.

Things to keep in mind for this to be effective:

§ Local and international time zones, for delivery time and arrival time

§ International rules, regulations and laws for international transportation

§ Includes: taxes, trade agreements, environmental laws, human rights and manufacturing regulations

§ Transportation from the nearest airport to the items destination

§ Time-critical solutions, for late or last-minute shipments, and for rush orders

§ Having an onboard courier for sensitive or highly valuable items

Final Assembly

The final assembly of the JF-17 Thunder is done in a hi-tech state of the art facility at AMF. The huge hanger has the capacity of assembling up to 20 jets a year. The facility includes workstations where airmen work on the aircraft according to their expertise and field. The following tasks are performed at the final assembly

i) Butt joining of the minor surfaces

ii) Engine installation

iii) Cockpit installation

iv) Systems integration

v) Canopy installation

Flight Test Station (FTS)

The Air Force deploys different methods to test the aircraft's performance in a static position. Engine performance, electronic functioning, hydraulic symmetry are some of the tests the aircraft has to go through on the ground. Furthermore, specialized tests like GVT (Ground Vibration Test) to test the strength of the aircraft wing loading are also carried out by this facility. This facility is commanded by a Group Captain and 2 supervisors with a total strength of around 25 personnel.


Building the Thunder
The JF-17 is built inside the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF). The 3 major sub-groups of the AMF division at PAC which are responsible for the manufacturing of the JF-17 are:


i) Aircraft Production Group [APG]

ii) Structure Building Group [SBG]

iii) Parts Production Group [PPG]

iv) Logistics (Log)/Support Group




These three sub-groups are coordinated by an authority known as Production Planning & Control (PP&C). This authority on a very basic level deals with the Project Planning Office.
(PPO) which coordinates with the Chinese CAC/CATIC for the raw and semi-finished materials required to manufacture the aircraft locally.

The raw material on a very first level comes in the form of aluminum alloy sheets and bars. The Log division of the JF-17 stores these supplies until the facilities of Parts production group (PPG) requests their issuance. These sheets and bars are sent to Facility X at the AMF to be made into pieces of different strengths and sizes. For further processing, the finished products of facility X which are now stored at Log are transferred to facility Y which converts them into several components and structures. The semi-finished products of the facility Y are later sent to facility T sub-division for testing purposes and finally leave the PPG group for the next stage which takes place in the facilities of Structure Building Group (SBG).



The SBG now has semi-furnished parts of the wings, vertical tail, flaps, middle and rear fuselage. All of these parts come together as a result of the high-precision manufacturing at the facilities of X and Y at the AMF. The SBG group then assembles these parts together with the front fuselage section of the aircraft which is a direct import from Chinese Aerospace Corporation (CAC). After the assembly of the airframe structure. The aircraft is moved to the final assembly area which comes directly under the Aircraft Production Group (APG).


From the basic skeleton to the battle ready machine, this is what APG must accomplish in just 75 working days. Which translates into 16 battle ready assets in 12 months or equivalent to raising of one fighter squadron per year. Truly remarkable for a country with a comparatively young experience in aerospace industry.

The Aircraft production group builds the aircraft in 12 major sub-stages. Which are;


Stage 1: Acceptance

<Details Removed>

Stage 2: Laying and securing

<Details Removed>


Stage 3: Installation of pipes & components

<Details Removed>


Stage 4: Butt joining of aircrafts major surfaces.

<Details Removed>

Stage 5: Continuity & power on checks.

<Details Removed>


Stage 6: Adjustment of hydraulic & landing gear system.

<Details Removed>

Stage 7: Flight control adjustments & testing.

<Details Removed>

Stage 8: Installation of Engine & KCA

<Details Removed>

Stage 9: Aircraft leveling and system harmonization.

<Details Removed>



Stage 10: Quality inspection of complete aircraft

<Details Removed>

Stage 11: Aircraft symmetry and installation of seat/canopy.

<Details Removed>

Stage 12: Aircraft transfer to flight test station (FTS)

<Details Removed>


_____________________________________________________________________
END
Thank you very much for a very informative post. It seems there is a lot of head work already gone ahead and a lot of sophisticated machinery in place. I have been harping on about the possibility of joining resources and manufacturig more and more part for other ventures including those for the Army nd the Navy. The supposition is to have the maximum usage out of the available resources and use it as a vehicle for advancing national defence development and production. So perhaps other moving and engine padt for various purposes can be built at the same site. I know it would complicate the inventory storage and management systems but as long as progress is made why not.
My industrial and mechanical know how is infantile wo please feel free to correct.
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What about surface/heat treatment, pipe and sheet metal bending capabilities, composite components?

Eventually, we will also need additive manufacturing and MIM parts manufacturing.
All these processes are done in Facility Y. I've seen these machines and processes personally.

As for composite components, I think our major reliance is on China for that.

PAF should first make a proper and detailed documentary on the JF17 Project, which is informative and is focused towards international audience.....where they take the interviews of then men who made it from project directors to engineers both in Pakistan and China........

This should be quoted and shown to whoever questions its credentials.....You my friend @airomerix are just an individual opening a thread in a mere defence forum, who cant be shared as an authentic and serious source of information to international audience.
Thanks for your input. However, the purpose of sharing this information is not to seek validation or start any 'serious' business. This thread can potentially give birth to further discussions on metallurgy invested in the project.

Thank you very much for a very informative post. It seems there is a lot of head work already gone ahead and a lot of sophisticated machinery in place. I have been harping on about the possibility of joining resources and manufacturig more and more part for other ventures including those for the Army nd the Navy. The supposition is to have the maximum usage out of the available resources and use it as a vehicle for advancing national defence development and production. So perhaps other moving and engine padt for various purposes can be built at the same site. I know it would complicate the inventory storage and management systems but as long as progress is made why not.
My industrial and mechanical know how is infantile wo please feel free to correct.
A
PAC is providing Army and Navy with a variety of services.

For example, the entire AH-1F fleet of Army aviation was reworked at ARF at a fraction of cost quoted by Bell.

The Naval systems such as several Frigate components, P-3C overhauling etc are serviced at PAC.
 

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All these processes are done in Facility Y. I've seen these machines and processes personally.

As for composite components, I think our major reliance is on China for that.



Thanks for your input. However, the purpose of sharing this information is not to seek validation or start any 'serious' business. This thread can potentially give birth to further discussions on metallurgy invested in the project.



PAC is providing Army and Navy with a variety of services.

For example, the entire AH-1F fleet of Army aviation was reworked at ARF at a fraction of cost quoted by Bell.

The Naval systems such as several Frigate components, P-3C overhauling etc are serviced at PAC.
DCS waly boht interested hain aircraft k bary main jannany k lea!

Thats why i was saying a proper detailed documentary needs to be made by PAC with everybody on board from Pak and China for the international audience.
 

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waisy instead of 5 axis, there can be 6 axis upgradation too.

so they dont work there 24/7 all 365 days a year as shifts??
 

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PAF should first make a proper and detailed documentary on the JF17 Project, which is informative and is focused towards international audience.....where they take the interviews of then men who made it from project directors to engineers both in Pakistan and China........

This should be quoted and shown to whoever questions its credentials.....You my friend @airomerix are just an individual opening a thread in a mere defence forum, who cant be shared as an authentic and serious source of information to international audience.
We are pathetic when it comes to;

1- Projecting ourselves and the country.
2- Show strength and power, when it is needed, and is the only solution.
3- Dispel the Indians/Afghans/USA negative propaganda full of lies.
4- Showcase the beautiful country we have to the world.
 

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Dear all,

Years ago, I wrote a report on JF-17s manufacturing and presented it on a forum as part of a requirement of an operational course.

For the benefit of the Defence.pk community, I'm just sharing a portion of it after altering a some details and removing blueprints/maps/pictures and graphical representations.
Please do not reproduce let's be proud of the work PAC is doing :pakistan:


________________________________________________________________________

Aircraft Manufacturing Complex - Pakistan Aeronautical Complex

The Facility
The operations related to the manufacturing of the JF-17s airframe are carried out at the state of the art facilities at Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, PAC Kamra. The factory is planned in a strategic manner aimed at maximizing product production efficiency. The following layout structure depicts the overview of the facility aimed at producing one of the most sophisticated machines in the region.

<Picture Removed>


Facility X

The facility X of the AMF is a hi-tech facility equipped with state of the art 5 axis machinery. The 5 axis machinery enables the manufacturing of the most sophisticated parts of the airframe. The steel and aluminum sheets are processed via 8 axis machinery which stretches while strengthening the material metallurgy. The facility X employs over 105 skilled workers which includes 4 officers and 15 supervisors (Junior Commissioned Officers). The facility is commanded by Group Captain who belongs from the Engineering branch of the PAF.

Facility Y

The section of the AMF is an ultra-modern aerospace facility where a variety of parts are manufactured on the ultra-hi-tech 5 axis machines. The 5 axis machines allows the product to be manufactured on a 5 axis model instead of the usual 3 axis (X, Y & Z) applied in other industries such as automobile and shipbuilding. This allows the AMF to manufacture hi-precision airframe parts required to sustain supersonic pressures. The facility is commanded by a Group Captain and employs 150 personnel with 9 officers.

Facility Z

This is an organized aerospace logistics facility whose strategies allow businesses and organizations to gain important capabilities to compete on a global scale. When executed properly, it allows AMF to meet and exceed specific industry and customer expectations.

Below is a list of core capabilities required for an optimal execution of aerospace logistics at PAC Kamra.

§ Strong communication and organizational skills to ensure that all runs smoothly from the planning stage to delivery

§ Supply chain management, to ensure that all components are accounted for and that business needs are planned for

o Manufacturing plan, including the timing of delivery of materials and the final product

o Warehousing and ground transportation solutions, for inventory management along the transportation process

§ Contingency plan, in case of emergencies and unforeseen circumstances

§ Speed, to ensure that the Air Force needs are met in a timely manner, and to minimize costs.

Logistics is a highly challenging task. Every operational component is costly, time sensitive, and interdependent on other components, and therefore every stage must be well planned and very well executed.

Organizations like PAC who incorporate aerospace in their logistics strategy require reliable and timely services – every minute counts and every dollar counts in such an expensive industry.

A strong aerospace logistics strategy of PAC benefits its supply chain and help its businesses gain a competitive edge in its industry. There are factors that must be considered to reap these rewards, including:

§ Special packaging for safety and breakage prevention specifically for aircraft transportation

§ The ability to track progress to understand when and where goods are at any given point

§ Ensure that components for a single item arriving from multiple locations are timed to arrive on time; be it at the same time, or as they are needed in the manufacturing/delivery process

§ Repairs be made quickly and efficiently

Ensure there are warehousing solutions at destinations so product, materials, and inventory are readily available, as they are needed. Inventory management, order processions, and inventory tracking are vital; this will help to ensure there is always enough inventory that components that are used together for production are packaged and delivered together, and that delivery to the destinations occurs on time with no waste.

The facility Z furthermore focuses on the following questions, do you have an emergency grounding contingency plan? Sometimes, for unforeseen reason aircraft can be grounded, causing equipment and inventory to be delayed or prevented entirely from arriving at its destination. To ensure that all client and stakeholder needs are being met, a contingency plan is made by Log Division.

As multiple parts may be arriving from multiple locations at different times, AMF deploys a system to be able to track all stages of delivery from the multiple networks, after carefully and strategically planning the path they will take. Logistics planners at facility Z ensure delivery occurs along the most efficient travel line for both time and costs saving purposes.

Things to keep in mind for this to be effective:

§ Local and international time zones, for delivery time and arrival time

§ International rules, regulations and laws for international transportation

§ Includes: taxes, trade agreements, environmental laws, human rights and manufacturing regulations

§ Transportation from the nearest airport to the items destination

§ Time-critical solutions, for late or last-minute shipments, and for rush orders

§ Having an onboard courier for sensitive or highly valuable items

Final Assembly

The final assembly of the JF-17 Thunder is done in a hi-tech state of the art facility at AMF. The huge hanger has the capacity of assembling up to 20 jets a year. The facility includes workstations where airmen work on the aircraft according to their expertise and field. The following tasks are performed at the final assembly

i) Butt joining of the minor surfaces

ii) Engine installation

iii) Cockpit installation

iv) Systems integration

v) Canopy installation

Flight Test Station (FTS)

The Air Force deploys different methods to test the aircraft's performance in a static position. Engine performance, electronic functioning, hydraulic symmetry are some of the tests the aircraft has to go through on the ground. Furthermore, specialized tests like GVT (Ground Vibration Test) to test the strength of the aircraft wing loading are also carried out by this facility. This facility is commanded by a Group Captain and 2 supervisors with a total strength of around 25 personnel.


Building the Thunder
The JF-17 is built inside the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF). The 3 major sub-groups of the AMF division at PAC which are responsible for the manufacturing of the JF-17 are:


i) Aircraft Production Group [APG]

ii) Structure Building Group [SBG]

iii) Parts Production Group [PPG]

iv) Logistics (Log)/Support Group




These three sub-groups are coordinated by an authority known as Production Planning & Control (PP&C). This authority on a very basic level deals with the Project Planning Office.
(PPO) which coordinates with the Chinese CAC/CATIC for the raw and semi-finished materials required to manufacture the aircraft locally.

The raw material on a very first level comes in the form of aluminum alloy sheets and bars. The Log division of the JF-17 stores these supplies until the facilities of Parts production group (PPG) requests their issuance. These sheets and bars are sent to Facility X at the AMF to be made into pieces of different strengths and sizes. For further processing, the finished products of facility X which are now stored at Log are transferred to facility Y which converts them into several components and structures. The semi-finished products of the facility Y are later sent to facility T sub-division for testing purposes and finally leave the PPG group for the next stage which takes place in the facilities of Structure Building Group (SBG).



The SBG now has semi-furnished parts of the wings, vertical tail, flaps, middle and rear fuselage. All of these parts come together as a result of the high-precision manufacturing at the facilities of X and Y at the AMF. The SBG group then assembles these parts together with the front fuselage section of the aircraft which is a direct import from Chinese Aerospace Corporation (CAC). After the assembly of the airframe structure. The aircraft is moved to the final assembly area which comes directly under the Aircraft Production Group (APG).


From the basic skeleton to the battle ready machine, this is what APG must accomplish in just 75 working days. Which translates into 16 battle ready assets in 12 months or equivalent to raising of one fighter squadron per year. Truly remarkable for a country with a comparatively young experience in aerospace industry.

The Aircraft production group builds the aircraft in 12 major sub-stages. Which are;


Stage 1: Acceptance

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Stage 2: Laying and securing

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Stage 3: Installation of pipes & components

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Stage 4: Butt joining of aircrafts major surfaces.

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Stage 5: Continuity & power on checks.

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Stage 6: Adjustment of hydraulic & landing gear system.

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Stage 7: Flight control adjustments & testing.

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Stage 8: Installation of Engine & KCA

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Stage 9: Aircraft leveling and system harmonization.

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Stage 10: Quality inspection of complete aircraft

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Stage 11: Aircraft symmetry and installation of seat/canopy.

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Stage 12: Aircraft transfer to flight test station (FTS)

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Are there jobs for Fresh Mechanical Engineers?
 

Umair Nawaz

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Make a proper and serious effort to sell this JF17 aircraft to the World! And now Specially to Russia this Block-3..............Their flanker market is already down post 27 feb. so take advantage of that, its low costs of service as well as low maintenance along with its rugged attitude and performance should build a realistic interest in it for Russian aircraforce, given that it already has a Russian engine as well as it will have interoperability with the whole region if Deployed in North Caucuses And in Western or Arctic regions , they will have for the first time a fighter jet who realistically has a chance against NATO's far superior and agile as well as better avionics jets, then those huge Flankers with weak Radars.........

Things have been changed for good post 27 feb. 2019's operation swift retort, now all these cartoons are at our mercy......We all have seen and laughed at their VDV standards against SSG and turns out this was the same VDV which fought against SSG in Afghanistan 40 years ago, and the results r right infront of everybody to see, so much so that only now they are able to build that Spec. Ops. ''University'' in Chechnya after learning from our training standards and Facilities! through Druzhba exercises.:rofl:

If Russia is far too invested into its time tested ally that it ends up giving an organization like SCO's hosting rights to our enemy in which Pakistan is also a member then it should rather buy weapons from Pakistan to prove its loyalty and usefulness infront of Pakistan and her interests..
 

MastanKhan

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Hi,

Paf needs to shut down leakage of all information about the JF17---.

It is a Fcking WARBIRD and not a joy toy to massage the egos of pakistani kids---.

Paf has leaked out too much information about this aircraft---. Paf should focus to prepare to fight the enemy and not a show piece for sale---.

If it is able and capable---buyers will line up---. If the Paf will open its legs apart for every Tom Dick & Harry---even a great aircraft will not sell---.
 

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