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Is the Pakistani JF-17 Thunder jet fighter joining the Saudi Air Force inventory ?

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World Air Force News - Middle East
 
 
Is the Pakistani JF-17 Thunder jet fighter joining the Saudi Air Force inventory ?
 

Several media have reported a Saudi interest for the JF-17 Thunder produced in cooperation by Pakistan and China. US journal, Geo News reported that Saudi defence ministry and Saudi Air Force are keenly examining the JF-17 Thunder program and mulling over their participation in it.

     
Several media have reported a Saudi interest for the JF-17 Thunder produced in cooperation by Pakistan and China. US journal, Geo News reported that Saudi defence ministry and Saudi Air Force are keenly examining the JF-17 Thunder program and mulling over their participation in it.
JF-17 (Photo credit : PAF)
     

The report claimed that Pakistan has offered Saudi Arabia for joint manufacturing of JF-17 Thunder aircraft along with technology transfer. This offer was made to the Saudi Arabia Deputy Defence Minister, Salman bin Sultan during his visit to Pakistan last week.

The RSAF is equipped with western aircraft. A defence partnership between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia was signed in Islamabad on January 20th.

The PAC JF-17 Thunder, or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong (Fierce Dragon), is a light-weight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Air Force, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAC) of China. Its designation "JF-17 Thunder" by Pakistan is short for "Joint Fighter-17", while the designation "FC-1 Xiaolong" by China means "Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon".