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November 21, 2011

Azerbaijan eyes Pakistan JF-17 Thunder aircraft

Azerbaijan is considering the purchase of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) officials have revealed.

Azerbaijan is considering the purchase of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) officials have revealed.

The company held several rounds of discussions with Azerbaijan, but the talks have not yet reached the buy and sale stage.

The size of the initial order, however, has been determined and the exports to Azerbaijan will be realised in the near future, according to the Azeri-Press Agency.

The JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft jointly developed by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAC), the PAF and PAC.

The aircraft offers better manoeuvring capabilities than the Azerbaijan Air Force’s MiG-29 fighter and will increase the air force’s combativeness.

Meanwhile, PAC intends to develop a Block-2 version of the JF-17 with an advanced e-war system and additional weapons.

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