what the PAF really needs to do is proliferate air refueling tankers so that we get to the point where every JF17 that is loaded with 3 fuel tanks and BVR missiles or AGMs can take off, go refuel and then go to the mission, whatever that may be. With full load including 3 fuel tanks, it consumes probably a quarter of its internal fuel just during take off. this isn't an uncommon practice. usaf's f15s and f16s do this all the time, take off with a full load, go up there and air refuel and then proceed towards the mission. there are youtube videos available from the pov of the refueler where a fully laden f15/f16/f18 is refueling.Again, why would you want to travel deep inside someones airspace in age of SoW, CM and BMs ? With 2 BVR AAMs, "4 BVR AAMs if rumor of dual rack is true" two tanks, JF-17 got enough juice to perform CAP or escort duty even if taking off from Peshawer, if on strike then enough juice to perhaps ingress 30/50 miles in Indian Airspace if needed be, not sure why though, launch the SoW and bug out and let the escorts worry about BVR sluging match. Think package, package, package.
"PS: Sorry, I didn't mean to write thesis on this, however I couldn't pen it all down in Cliff Notes"
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