CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder

CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder

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CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder

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The PAC JF-17 Thunder ( تھنڈر), also designated CAC FC-1 Xiaolong (; ), is a light-weight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation of China, the Pakistan Air Force and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex . It is designated as "JF-17 Thunder" by Pakistan, which is short for "Joint Fighter-17" and as "FC-1 Xiaolong" by China, which is short for "Fighter China-1".

Design requirements

The JF-17 was primarily developed to meet the requirements of the Pakistan Air Force for a low-cost multi-role combat aircraft as an inexpensive replacement for its large fleet of aging Nanchang A-5 bombers, Chengdu F-7 interceptors and Dassault Mirage III/5 fighters. It was also to have export potential to air forces of developing countries as a cost-effective alternative to more expensive Western-origin fighters.

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