the JF-17 development program has been a great success for a new comer in the exclusive club of Aviation industry together with the partnership of China whose own aviation achievements are modest (yes).I think it has been a combination of the restraint induced by lack of funding, the urgency of replacement, and a lack of clear need from the PAF's perspective. However, they did not think it out from a buyers perspective and this was an issue.
Now they have got the system in hand they are trying to expand its role. So I at least am ambivalent to attribute a cause to this alleged missed opportunity. We are all at a distinct advantage at the moment in knowing what the PAF and CATIC's perspective was so a sound analysis cannot be made. 10 years down the line when one knows the real reasons behind not inducting the B variant will we be able to reason out what actually happened.
Incidentally do F22 and35 have a dual seat version????? By no means am I comparing the two with JFT but it might help to see the emerging trends the world over.
does a strike fighter specially electronic warfare and SAM / radar suppression role needs a 2 seater as a must have? the Hornets Grawler is 2 seater and I understand its not for training but for combat role.