Global times an Australian-based Newspaper reported that Jf 17 Thunder block 3 version will be one of the world’s most powerful light fighter jets.
A photo of JF 17 block 2 fighter jet with serial number 3001 recently got viral. In the picture, it can be seen that the latest, upgraded version of the JF-17 fighter jet is equipped with China’s most advanced air-to-air combat missile that is also used by China’s J-20 stealth aircraft. This is the first time a JF-17 has been armed with an infrared-guided weapon.
Global times further mentioned that Military observers say that the weapon will give the China-Pak istan jointly developed light fighter the upper hand against its counterparts in dogfights and make it one of the world’s best in its class.
In the picture, it can be seen that Jf 17 block 3 jet is equipped with PL 10 air-to-air combat missile. As the short-range combat missile also used by China’s most advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet and others, the PL-10 represents the highest level of its kind, and previous JF-17s are equipped with the old PL-5.
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PL- 10E missile:
The PL-10E is a domestically developed, fourth-generation air-to-air missile, and is one of the most advanced in the world that is on par with the US’AIM-9X.
PL 10 is provided with infrared homing, extreme aerodynamic design, and other advanced technologies that make it the most deadly missile in the world. No aircraft even stealth ones can escape from the PL 10.
With the PL-10, the JF-17 Block 3 will gain tremendous dogfight capability and have an edge even against its heavier opposing counterparts in homeland air defense
KLJ-7A airborne active electronically scanned array fire-control radar
In addition to PL 10, JF 17 block 3 also received a more advanced radar. the fighter jet is equipped with the KLJ-7A airborne active electronically scanned array fire-control radar. The radar is of the most advanced level in the world.
Other technologies, including a new and larger holographic wide-angle head-up display and integrated cockpit display similar to the one used by the J-20, in addition to an advanced infrared missile approach warning system and a three-axis digital fly-by-wire flight control system
Based on these features, defense experts have described the JF-17 Block 3 as a “fourth-generation plus” fighter jet.
The JF-17 Block 3 aircraft are expected to roll out of the production line in late 2021. The PAF had placed an order for 50 JF-17 Block 3 aircraft, deliveries of which are expected to start from early 2022.
Block Building approach
JF 17s are made on the block building approach. The block building approach means that the previous versions can easily be upgraded with the latest technologies. JF 17 block 2 version can be upgraded to Block 3.
The demand for JF 17 thunder in other countries is increasing. Nigerian Airforce has received its order of three JF 17 thunder. Till now fourteen JF 17s are delivered to the Myanmar air force. Recently news broke out that Malaysia is also interested in buying JF 17 from Pakistan.