ISLAMABAD: Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Mujahid Anwar Khan has asserted that the production of the first batch of JF-17 Block III will begin from this year.
While giving an interview to a weekly magazine called ‘Jane’s Defense’, the Air Chief said that a new Chinese radar will be used in these aircraft.
“Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) is set to deliver final three JF-17 Thunder Block II multirole combat aircraft to Pakistan Air Force by next month”, the Air Chief stated.
He was hopeful that the first batch of JF-17 Block III will be operational by 2020 which will be installed with new radar.
F-17 Block III aircraft will reportedly be fitted with a new electronic warfare system, upgraded avionics including a three-axis fly-by-wire digital flight control system, a helmet-mounted display and sight system, and Pakistan’s first Chinese-made AESA.
It is pertinent to mention that the Pakistan Air Force, currently, has 85 JF-17 Block I and II operationally deployed.