Azerbaijani Air Forces Considering Purchase Of Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets
Azerbaijani Air Forces is reportedly fascinated about buying Pakistani JF-17 Block 3 Thunder plane following Argentina, and Nigeria. Daily Pakistan quoting navy attaché of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan, Colonel Mehman Novruzov, stated “Azerbaijan’s acquisition of JF-17 Thunder jets from Pakistan is a key situation on the bilateral agenda within the area of military-cooperation. Azerbaijan desires to purchase state-of-the-art JF-17 Block 3 Thunder plane from Pakistan. Including that, Pakistan is a prime precedence and is reviewing the acquisition of plane, as Azerbaijani Air Power is making efforts to improve its property, particularly fighter jets.”
In January 2008, Azerbaijan engaged in talks with Pakistan over JF-17’s potential sale to Azerbaijan. In 2015, the Azerbaijani Air Forces negotiated with China for a number of dozen JF-17s value roughly US$16 to 18 million every. In 2018, Pakistani Armed Forces actively mentioned navy and defence cooperation with Azerbaijan, culminating within the latter expressing an curiosity in buying the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet. In December 2018, Turan, an unbiased Azerbaijani information company, reported that the negotiations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan on the acquisition of JF-17 Block II fight plane was coming to the tip. In December 2019, Azerbaijan, eyeing navy cooperation with Pakistan, expressed its curiosity in buying JF-17 Thunder fighter jet.
The PAC JF-17 Thunder or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong (Fierce Dragon), is a light-weight, single-engine, fourth-generation multi-role fight plane developed collectively by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complicated (PAC) and the Chengdu Plane Company (CAC) of China. It was designed to interchange the A-5C, F-7P/PG, Mirage III, and Mirage V fight plane within the Pakistan Air Power (PAF). The JF-17 can be utilized for a number of roles, together with interception, floor assault, anti-ship, and aerial reconnaissance. The JF-17 can deploy numerous ordnance, together with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, together with anti-ship missiles, and a 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon. Powered by a Guizhou WS-13 or Klimov RD-93 afterburning turbofan, it has a prime velocity of Mach 1.6.
In December 2020, PAC started serial manufacturing of a extra superior Block 3 model of the plane with improved radar and avionics, a extra highly effective engine, digital countermeasures, and enhanced weapons functionality. PAF officers have described the JF-17 Block 3 as a “fourth era plus” fighter jet. Projected to function additional developments akin to a NRIET/CETC KLJ-7A Air-cooled Airborne Fireplace-Management Energetic Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a three-axis digital fly-by-wire flight management system, an infrared search and monitor (IRST) system, a helmet-mounted show and sight (HMD/S). The primary PAC-produced JF-17 Block 3 plane are anticipated to roll out of the manufacturing line in late 2021. The PAF has positioned an order for 50 JF-17 Block 3 plane, deliveries of that are anticipated to begin from early 2022.
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