Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra achieved yet another remarkable milestone as it rolled out the first batch of 8 dual-seat JF-17 aircraft on December 27, 2019. To mark this momentous occasion, a grand ceremony was held at Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, Kamra. CAS Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was the chief guest at the occassion. Ambassador of People’s Republic of China Mr. Yao Jing and Executive Vice President, Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) Mr. Hao Zhaoping also attended the ceremony as guest of honour. In his welcome address Chairman PAC, Kamra, Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad, highlighted the salient features of the project. PAC and China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) also signed an agreement for co-production of Chinese commercial aircraft. Highlighting the time-tested friendship between China and Pakistan, the Chinese ambassador said, “JF-17 is a testimony of Sino-Pak friendship and mutual cooperation.”
Addressing at the occassion, the CAS congratulated PAC and CATIC on successful accomplishment of 2019 production target and completing first 8 dual-seat JF-17 aircraft in a record time of five months. He further said, “Serial production of dual-seat variant is a landmark development for JF-17 program and a true manifestation of everlasting friendship between both the friendly countries. JF-17 Thunder is the backbone of PAF which has been battle proven during Operation Swift Retort.”
Later in the day, the CAS also inaugurated JF-17 Dual-Seat Dynamic Simulation and Integration Facility at Avionics Production Factory, Kamra. The facility will enable PAF to integrate avionics and weapon systems of choice with JF-17 aircraft, ultimately providing the much needed self-reliance and operational flexibility.
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