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JF-17 Thunder / FC-1 Xiaolong Multirole Combat Aircraft

Role

Multirole combat aircraft

Countries

China and Pakistan

Crew

One

Maiden Flight

August 2003

Introduced

March 2007

Numbers Built

Six prototypes and 29 production aircraft

Estimated Cost

$15m to $20m

Length

14.9m

Height

4.77m

Width

9.45m

Wing Area

24.4m²

Empty Weight

6,411kg

Maximum Take-Off Weight

12,700kg

Loaded Weight

9,100kg

Maximum Landing Weight

7,802kg

Fuel Weight

2,268kg

Type

Klimov RD-93 turbofan engine or WS-13 turbofan engine

Number of Engines

One

Dry Thrust

49.4kN

Thrust After Burner

84.4kN

Maximum Speed

2,205km per hour

Ferry Range

3,480km

Operational Radius

1,352km

Service Ceiling

16,920m

Guns

1 x 2 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel cannon

Rockets

57mm, 90mm unguided rocket pods

Air-to-Air Missiles

Short range: AIM-9L/M, PL-5E, PL-9C Beyond visual range: PL-12 / SD-10

Air-to-Surface Missiles

MAR-1 anti-radiation missile, AM-39 Exocet anti-ship missile, and Ra'ad ALCM cruise missile

Bombs

Unguided bombs: Mk-82, Mk-84 general purpose bombs, Matra Durandal anti-runway bomb, and CBU-100/Mk-20 Rockeye anti-armour cluster bomb Precision guided munitions: GBU-10, GBU-12, LT-2 laser-guided bombs, H-2, H-4 electro-optically guided, LS-6 satellite-

Others

3 x external fuel drop tanks for extended range

Designer

Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute

Manufacturer

Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, China and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Pakistan

Operator

Pakistan Air Force (PAF)

Contractors / Suppliers

Engine: Klimov Wings and tail fin: Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Radar: Selex Galileo
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