Pakistan has won the first-ever order for its JF-17 Thunder jet fighter, an air force spokesman said Monday, as the revamped plane dazzled crowds at the Paris Air Show. Pakistan has been years without a buyer for its first home-made jet, which was designed with the help of close ally China.
China will provide 110 latest JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Pakistan as the two countries forge closer defence cooperation following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad earlier this week. China will deliver the first batch of 50 jets over a period of three years, PTI reported citing Radio Pakistan.
China is capable of exporting modern fighter aircraft to developing countries while at the same time upgrading the technical standards of its own domestic aircraft manufacturing industry, according to Russian media cited by China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times.
During the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province Nov. 11-16, Jordan has shown great interest in purchasing fighters from China according to the state tabloid Global Times.
A Jordaian paratrooper attending the air show told the Global Times that Jordan is looking for new fighters from China. He said that is the reason why the Royal Jordanian Air Force sent a delegation to Zhuhai. During his first visit to Asia as a member of the air force delegation, the paratrooper said that he was impressed by the performance of the Chinese female pilots from the August First aerobatic team of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.