PARIS: PAKISTAN FINALLY MANAGES TO BAG ITS FIRST EXPORT ORDER FOR ITS JF-17 THUNDER FIGHTER JETS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARIS AIR SHOW ON MONDAY.
According to the Pakistan air force, Pakistan has successfully secured a historical, export order of the newest fighter jet, JF-17 Thunder, prepared locally in collaboration with China, in the International Paris air show this year on its very first day.
Air commodore, Khalid Mahmood, the Pakistan Air force officer responsible for sales and marketing, confirmed, “We have signed a contract with an Asian country.”
However, the name of the ‘friend country’ and the specific number of jets ordered has been kept a secret for security purposes.
On asking about the unique features about the aircraft, the Air Vice Marshal, chief project director, Arshad Malik, revealed, “JF-17 contains all the facilities that a latest, fighter jet should contain.”
He further elaborated, “New fighter jets are based on an avionic system, and this jet contains the latest avionics of the world which can combat any 4th generation jet.” He also informed that JF-17 Thunder has been introduced with the latest missile which can attack a target in the sea.
Three JF-17 Thunder jets were taken to the air show by the Pakistan Air Force. One aircraft is assigned for performing flying displays on all the show days, while the other two jets would be on a static display, exhibiting the latest weapons.
The 51st Air show organized by French Aerospace Industries Association would last till 21st June 2015.