PAF JF-17s to participate in Paris Air Show

Published June 7, 2015
JF-17 Thunder  participating in Zhuhai Air Show (China). — APP/file
JF-17 Thunder participating in Zhuhai Air Show (China). — APP/file
A batch of JF-17 Thunder Aircraft being received during 
the Induction Ceremony of JF-17 Thunder held in the Combat Commanders School (CCS) of 
Pakistan Air Force in Islamabad on Monday, January 26, 2015. — PPI
A batch of JF-17 Thunder Aircraft being received during the Induction Ceremony of JF-17 Thunder held in the Combat Commanders School (CCS) of Pakistan Air Force in Islamabad on Monday, January 26, 2015. — PPI
JF-17 Thunder landing at PAF Base, Mushaf during induction ceremony of JF-17 Thunder in Combat Commanders’ School (CCS) of Pakistan Air Force.— APP/file
JF-17 Thunder landing at PAF Base, Mushaf during induction ceremony of JF-17 Thunder in Combat Commanders’ School (CCS) of Pakistan Air Force.— APP/file
A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder soaring high in the Chinese skies while performing aerobatics during Zhuhai Air Show held in Zhuhai on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.— PPI/file
A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder soaring high in the Chinese skies while performing aerobatics during Zhuhai Air Show held in Zhuhai on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.— PPI/file

ISLAMABAD: At least three Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder fighter aircrafts along with a contingent, comprising pilots and technicians, departed for Paris today, to participate in the upcoming Paris Air Show 2015.

PAF spokesperson Air Commodore S M Ali said, "The 51st Air Show organised by French Aerospace Industries Association will start on 15 June, 2015 at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions and would continue till 21 June, 2015."

The spokesperson also said one JF-17 fighter aircraft will perform in the flying display and another will be on static display throughout the Air Show.

The JF-17 Thunder has already participated in various air shows around the world including Farnborough Air Show (UK), Zhuhai Air Show (China), Turkish Air Show (Turkey) and Dubai Air Show (UAE).

The aircraft is also poised to become the mainstay of PAF, as the PAF plans to replace its ageing fleet of fighter aircraft with JF-17s.

The JF-17 Thunder has been jointly co-developed by Pakistan and China — is a light weight, all weather multi-role fighter jet. It is equipped with a modern state-of-the-art avionics suite and an advanced cockpit layout.

The fighter jet has the capability to carry out air-to-air and air-to-ground strikes, and can be fitted with beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles.

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