In 1985, the original code name of JF-17 was F-7CP (J-7CP).
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Youngman---that code name was to deceive the west to what was coming.
Paf had thoroughly researched the Grippen---the F-20 Tigershark and the F18 by that time---not to mention the F-16.
And last of all---the Leader of this JF17 program was the lead pilot of the F16 project---and if you knew urdu and had listened to his interview where he stated that he got threatened by the US charge d affairs that if the JF17 would have a single nut that is a copy of F16---there will be dire circumstances for him to face. This interview is on youtube on public forum---.
Well---the charge d affairs did not know that the man in question did not take well to threats.
See son---it is an engineering dillema----when you have access to modern design---it is technically impossible to go backwards.
The human brain does not work that way---it does not go back and manufacture an old technology when new one is available.
If you are an engineer---then try doing then try manufacturing something---you find it next to impossible to make it---.
For that very reason---we have people who restore classic equipment.
If you are in an engineering school---then ask your instructors---how does engineering process work.
They will tell you that the human brain is an evolutionary machine---. If it has the resources---it is designed by default to make an equal or better item in question.