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Chain will give 50 more JF-17 Thunder to Pakistan in next 3 years

BEIJING: China will give 50 more JF-17 Thunder fighter planes to Pakistan over the next three years.

According to Chinese newspaper People’s Daily while quoting to Li Pei, the former head of the aircraft project under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China confirms the report

“The Xiaolong is a multirole fighter designed jointly by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.

“The aircraft is a symbol of the friendship between China and Pakistan. After China, Pakistan is currently the only other country that uses the fighter”.

Pakistan will receive around 110 Thunder fighters from China under the contract signed between China and Pakistan.

Pakistan has already received 60 fighters from China since 2007.

Ten of them were dedicated to the test and evaluation unit in Minhas while the other 50 aircrafts were assigned to the 16th and 26th squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force.

It is pertinent to mention here that Chinese president Xi Jinping’s aircraft was also escorted by eight JF-17 fighters before his arrival in Islamabad on April 20, 2015.

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