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Pakistan offer its new JF17 Thunder fighter aircraft for Asia and Africa market at Dubai AirShow 2011 1411111

 
 
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Dubai Air Show 2011
International Aviation & Aerospace Industry Exhibition
Dubai
, UAE United Arab Emirates
13 - 17 November 2011
 
 
JF17 Thunder at Dubai AirShow 2011
 
 
Pakistan offer its new JF17 Thunder fighter aircraft for Asia and Africa market at Dubai AirShow 2011
 
Pakistan is pitching its new JF17 Thunder fighter jet, developed jointly with China, at an aggressive discount to dominant Western rivals, the country's defense minister said on Sunday, November 13, 2011.
     
Pakistan is pitching its new JF17 Thunder fighter jet, developed jointly with China, at an aggressive discount to dominant Western rivals, the country's defense minister said on Sunday, November 13, 2011.
Pakistani made JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft
     

"You can buy three of our aircraft for one F-16," Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar told Reuters at the Dubai Air Show, where the aircraft is being displayed. He said that the producer, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, was not able to keep pace with the requirements of the air force.

"Three squadrons are already flying the aircraft in Pakistan and one squadron in China," he added.

Analysts expect the aircraft, which Mukhtar said was priced at $25-30 million, to be focused on emerging markets in Asia and Africa.

"Going to the (European) market is not very easy because you are cutting the profits of some other people," Mukhtar said.

He said the development of the aircraft was not targeted at archrival India. "India need not worry -- it's not India-specific. We are building very close relations with India."

The FC-1 Xiaolong / JF-17 Thunder is a single engine, lightweight, multipurpose combat aircraft that was developed jointly by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) of China and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) of Pakistan.


The medium-sized aircraft is built mainly to meet the needs of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and will replace its current ageing fleet of Nanchang A-5, Chengdu F-7P / PG and Dassault Mirage III / V fighter aircraft.