Dual Seat JF-17B Thunder Completes Maiden Flight
April 28, 2017 was a momentous day for Pakistan Air Force as dual-seat variant of the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft successfully completed its maiden test flight at Chengdu (China). Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the Chief Guest at the occasion. This impressive ceremony was hosted by Mr. Li Yuhai, Executive Vice President Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
Dual-seat JF-17B is currently entering the testing phase which is jointly developed by China and Pakistan. JF-17B dual seat fighter aircraft is a major milestone towards self reliance and would boost operational and training capabilities of Pakistan Air Force. It will further enhance advanced combat training of PAF fighter pilots on this indigenous war fighting machine.
Induction of JF-17 aircraft in PAF started in 2007 and has continued during subsequent years. Today, Pakistan Air Force is operating five JF-17 Squadrons which are actively engaged in all types of operations. JF-17 Thunder is an excellent fighter aircraft which can be easily compared with the 4th generation aircraft of the world.