Peshawar (Khyber Mail): In a groundbreaking development, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has secured the largest export deal in Pakistan’s history. The agreement, signed with the Azerbaijan Air Force, encompasses a comprehensive package valued at $1.6 billion USD.

The centerpiece of this momentous deal is the acquisition of JF-17C Block-III fighter jets. These cutting-edge aircraft combine advanced avionics, superior maneuverability, and formidable firepower. The package also includes comprehensive training for Azerbaijani pilots and ground crews, ensuring seamless integration of the new fleet.

Air Chief Marshal (Ret.) Asad Mehmood, Chairman of PAC, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration: “This landmark agreement not only strengthens the strategic partnership between our nations but also underscores Pakistan’s prowess in aerospace technology.”

The JF-17C Block-III, a multirole fighter, boasts state-of-the-art features, including an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, enhanced electronic warfare capabilities, and extended range. These jets will significantly enhance Azerbaijan’s air defense capabilities and bolster regional security.

The JF-17 Thunder Block 3 epitomizes the pinnacle of modern aerial warfare technology. Developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China, this twin-engine, single-seat, multi-role light fighter represents a leap forward in combat capabilities.

  • Key Features of JF-17 Thunder Block 3:
  • Holographic Head-Up Display (HUD): The cockpit features an advanced HUD that provides critical flight information, targeting data, and situational awareness to the pilot.
  • Fully Digital Fly-by-Wire System: The electronic flight control system ensures precise handling, stability, and responsiveness during maneuvers.
  • Enhanced Electronic Warfare Systems:
  • S740 Airborne Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS): Detects incoming missiles and alerts the pilot, enhancing survivability.
  • Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST): Enables passive tracking of enemy aircraft based on their heat emissions.
  • Supercruise Capability: The JF-17 Block 3 can sustain supersonic speeds without afterburners, extending its operational range.
  • Advanced Weapons Capability:
  • PL-15 (BVR) Missile: With a range of 300 km, this beyond-visual-range missile packs a formidable punch.
  • PL-9C (WVR) Missile: Effective in close combat scenarios with a range of 22 km.
  • PL-8 (WVR) Missile: A reliable short-range air-to-air missile.
  • New Engine:
  • The JF-17 Block 3 features air inlets indicating a new engine, possibly an enhanced derivative of the RD-33MK (used in the Russian MiG-35).
    The WS-10A engine is also under consideration.
  • Airframe Design:
  • Minor adjustments in sensor positioning for improved performance.
  • Fifty-eight percent of the airframe is produced in Pakistan, while the remaining forty-two percent is produced in China.

The deal signifies a new era of cooperation and mutual benefit, solidifying the bonds between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

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