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Old 09-01-2008, 08:48 PM
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Default JF-17 Thunder

Role Multirole fighter
Manufacturer Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
First flight 25 August 2003
Introduced 12 March 2007
Status Serial production beginning / In active service with Pakistan
Primary users Pakistan Air Force
PLA Air Force
Produced In China: June 2007- / In Pakistan: January 2008-
Number built 4 prototypes
10 delivered

Unit cost US$15-20 million (estimated



The PAC JF-17 Thunder, also known as the Chengdu FC-1 Fierce Dragon is a 4th generation single-seat multi-role fighter aircraft jointly developed by China and Pakistan. The "JF" and "FC" designations stand for "Joint Fighter" and "Fighter China" respectively. The first two aircraft were delivered to the Pakistan Air Force on 2007-03-12. The JF-17/FC-1 is designed to be a cost-effective plane which can meet the tactical and strategic needs of air forces of developing countries. On January 22, 2008, Pakistan started serial production of the aircraft at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra.


The JF-17 is being built by China's Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

The project is expected to cost about US$500 million, divided equally between China and Pakistan, while each individual aircraft is expected to have a fly-away cost of US$8-15 million. The JF-17 Thunder initial development project was completed in a period of four years. However, later improvements to the project has taken up more time. Pakistan has announced that it will procure 150, but this may easily go up to 300. The JF-17 will replace Pakistan's MiG-21-derived Chengdu F-7, Nanchang A-5 (Q-5) and Mirage III/V currently in service. Azerbaijan and Zimbabwe have each placed orders as well. 9 other countries which have expressed interest in purchasing the JF-17 are Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia Morocco, Nigeria and Sri Lanka, plus Algeria, which has reversed the decision of opting the latest MiG-29UBS.

In 1986, China signed an agreement with Grumman to develop an upgrade for the J-7 known as the "Saber II", the replacement of the abandoned "Super 7" upgrade of J-7. The program was cancelled in 1990, primarily due to worsening relations with the U.S. following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. However, CAC kept the program alive by providing low-level funding from its own resources.

After U.S. sanctions were imposed on Pakistan in 1990, Pakistan also became interested in the project.

The first prototype was rolled out on May 31, 2003, conducted its first taxi trials on July 1, and made its first flight on August 25 of the same year. Prototype 03 made its first flight in April 2004. On April 28, 2006, Prototype 04 made its first flight with fully operational avionics.


Serial production begun in June 2006. A total of 8 aircraft have been delivered to PAF. 2 were delivered prior to March 23 parade in 2007 and the remainder 6 were delivered in 2008. Serial production after 2008 is planned at an annual 10-15 planes per year, while from 2009+ it will be at 25-30 planes per year. After the 2008, earthquakes in China, this figure may not be achievable.

The President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, declared in his Independence Day speech on August 14, 2006 that the JF-17 will be flying in Pakistani skies by March 23, 2007. The first 2 JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft were delivered to Pakistan Air Force on 2007-03-12. The JF-17 Thunder aircraft had its first public appearance in Islamabad, on March 23, 2007 during a fly-past performance in the Pakistan Day Joint Services Parade in Islamabad.

On 2007-03-31, Pakistan Air Force Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed said, "PAF would soon induct fourth and fifth generation high-tech fleet of fighter-bomber aircraft with the aim to modernize the country’s air force which includes the induction of 10 to 12 squadrons of JF-17 Thunder aircraft." He also said, during this year, six more JF-17 aircraft would be received from China (now received), as in 2008 the serial production of the aircraft would commence at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra, Pakistan. The PAF Chief said, 15 aircraft would be manufactured in 2008, while 20 in the next year with the aim to achieve capability to manufacture 25 to 30 aircraft per year, also hinting the PAF was set to acquire up to 250 JF-17 Thunder aircraft.

The ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz in a recent press conference held in Islamabad, Pakistan after the visit of China termed the project as JF-17 was "Pakistan’s proud programme and a unique example of cooperation and friendship between the two countries". He also said that serial production of JF-17 Thunder aircraft would soon start next year and Pakistan would like to sell fourth generation JF-17 Multirole Aircraft to those interested. The Prime Minister also confirmed that JF-17 Thunder aircraft in Pakistan had also completed 500 combat missions and sorties.

Crew: 1
Length: 14.94 m (49 feet)
Wingspan: 9.45 m[ (31 ft)
Height: 4.77 m (15 ft 8 in)
Wing area: 24.4 m²[37] (263 ft²)
Empty weight: 6,441 kg(14,200 lb)
Loaded weight: 9,100 kg(20,062 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 12,700 kg[38] (28,000 lb)
Powerplant:.. 1× Russian RD-93 turbofan

Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 1.8 (1,120 mph)
Combat radius: 1,352 km (890 nmi, 1,025 mi)
Ferry range: 3,500 km[40] (2,100 mi)


Air-to-air weaponry

The JF-17 is primarily an export-oriented fighter, thus it can be built according a customer's specifications and use a variety of Chinese and Western weapon systems.

These include air-to-air Beyond Visual Range missiles (BVRs).

Non-Chinese weapons
R-Darter BVR-AAM (proposed at IDEAS 2006, Karachi, Pakistan)
A-Darter WVR-AAM (also proposed at IDEAS 2006)
T-Darter BVR-AAM (also proposed at IDEAS 2006)
IRIS-T WVR-AAM (also proposed at IDEAS 2006)
AIM-9L/P Sidewinder WVR-AAM
AIM-7F Sparrow BVR-AAM
AIM-120C-5 BVR-AAM
Magic-II - R550 Magic
MBDA MICA
Aspide
BLU-107 Durandal

Air-to-ground weaponry
In addition to unguided bombs and rockets, the aircraft is adopted to deploy a wide range of precision guided munitions, including
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
Mark 82 bomb
Mark 84 bomb
DPGM (Precision Guided Bomb) - Denel (South Africa)
Raptor-I precision-guided long-range glide bomb (60 km) - Denel (South Africa)
Raptor-II precision-guided long-range glide bomb (120 km) - Denel (South Africa)
Rockeye - CBU-100 Cluster Bomb[25]
Anti-ship missile such as Exocet and Harpoon missile.
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:11 PM
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Crew: 1
Length: 14.94 m (49 feet)
Wingspan: 9.45 m[ (31 ft)
Height: 4.77 m (15 ft 8 in)
Wing area: 24.4 m²[37] (263 ft²)
Empty weight: 6,441 kg(14,200 lb)
Loaded weight: 9,100 kg(20,062 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 12,700 kg[38] (28,000 lb)
Powerplant:.. 1× Russian RD-93 turbofan

Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 1.8 (1,120 mph)
Combat radius: 1,352 km (890 nmi, 1,025 mi)
Ferry range: 3,500 km[40] (2,100 mi)

* Crew: One
* Length: 15.34 m (50 ft 4 in)
* Wingspan: 9.42 m (30 ft 10 in)
* Height: 3.89 m (12 ft 9 in)
* Wing area: 49.22 m² (529.82 ft²)
* Empty weight: 7,865 kg (17,340 lb)
* Loaded weight: 11,400 kg (25,132 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 16,000 kg (35,273 lb)
* Powerplant: 1× Volvo Flygmotor RM6C afterburning turbojet
o Dry thrust: 56.5 kN (12,787 lbf)
o Thrust with afterburner: 78.4 kN (17,637 lbf)

Performance

* Maximum speed: Mach 2+,[1] 2,120 km/h (1,317 mph) at 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
* Range: 3,250 km (2,020 mi) with external drop tanks
* Service ceiling 20,000 m (65,600 ft)
* Rate of climb: 175 m/s (34,450 ft/min)
* Wing loading: 231.6 kg/m² (47.4 lb/ft²)
* Thrust/weight: 0.70

* Takeoff roll: 650 m (2,133 ft)


we used thease during the cold war. we also constructed many our selves. (we had 50pcs)
guess away
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:26 PM
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* Crew: One
* Length: 15.34 m (50 ft 4 in)
* Wingspan: 9.42 m (30 ft 10 in)
* Height: 3.89 m (12 ft 9 in)
* Wing area: 49.22 m² (529.82 ft²)
* Empty weight: 7,865 kg (17,340 lb)
* Loaded weight: 11,400 kg (25,132 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 16,000 kg (35,273 lb)
* Powerplant: 1× Volvo Flygmotor RM6C afterburning turbojet
o Dry thrust: 56.5 kN (12,787 lbf)
o Thrust with afterburner: 78.4 kN (17,637 lbf)

Performance

* Maximum speed: Mach 2+,[1] 2,120 km/h (1,317 mph) at 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
* Range: 3,250 km (2,020 mi) with external drop tanks
* Service ceiling 20,000 m (65,600 ft)
* Rate of climb: 175 m/s (34,450 ft/min)
* Wing loading: 231.6 kg/m² (47.4 lb/ft²)
* Thrust/weight: 0.70

* Takeoff roll: 650 m (2,133 ft)


we used thease during the cold war. we also constructed many our selves. (we had 50pcs)
guess away
A shot in the dark here but....maybe its the MiG-21 Torps
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:16 PM
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A shot in the dark here but....maybe its the MiG-21 Torps
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWOINzyCLL4"]Close indeed.[/URL]

[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBrK2S9oml8"]Yep[/URL]
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[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWOINzyCLL4"]Close indeed.[/URL]

[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBrK2S9oml8"]Yep[/URL]
..

LOL.my guess was not even close...how come you guys never went for the Gripen???...i have seen you Fins go to the US
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LOL.my guess was not even close...how come you guys never went for the Gripen???...i have seen you Fins go to the US
.... Prestige.


and certain variables...
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