Pakistan Air Force will receive the first 12 of 26 two-seat. JF-17B Thunder aircraft in the near future, according to Jane’s Defense Weekly. The delivery of the remaining jets will be completed in 2021.
The JF-17B has come a long way after its prototype flight, which took place in China in April 2017. In December last year, the introduction of the two-seater variant of the fighter jet took place in the PAC Kamra.
The Chief of Air Staff believes the introduction of JF-17B PAF will help streamline the training process for its pilots. With its introduction, PAF pilots will advance to the Thunder at a much younger age, he said.
The JF-17 pilots are currently being transferred to the Lockheed Martin F-16. Chengdu F-7PG or Dassault Mirage IIIEA ROSE aircraft before being converted to the JF-17B Thunder. After completing the advanced jet training, however, they will switch directly to a JF-17 OCU [Operational Conversion Unit].
PAC Kamra’s newly appointed chairman. Air Marshal Syed Noman Ali, also made reference to the test and evaluation of the second prototype of Block III. Launched in May with the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology’s active electronically scanned radar KLJ-7A ( NRIET) was equipped this year.