The Pakistani Air Force new JF-17 Thunder, developed and produced by the Chinese company Chengdu Aerospace Company (CAC) is here at Farnborough for the first time. The Thunder is displayed for the first time at an international airshow. Serial production JF-17 for the Pakistani Air Force – the PAF has a requirement for about 250 aircraft to assembled in Pakistan until 2025, part of which will be configured as ‘stealthy 5th Generation’ fighters.
The first locally assembled JF-17 was handed over to the Pakistani Air Force in 2009, two years after the first aircraft was delivered from China. The two aircraft at Farnborough are from the PAF No. 26 ‘Black Spiders’ squadron, which stood up earlier in 2010 (February 2010). The aircraft were shown here with typical weapons, including air to air missiles, C-802A anti-ship missile, L-6 stand-off gliding bomb, KG300G Airborne Self-Protection Jamming Pod. WMD-7 Day/Night Targeting POD.