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China to deliver 50 JF-17 jets to Pakistan

world Updated: Apr 25, 2015 10:22 IST
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China will deliver 50 JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft to Pakistan over the next three years, a top Chinese official has said.



Li Pei, former head of the aircraft project under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, described the JF-17 as a major achievement in cooperation between Beijing and Islamabad in the defence sector.



China’s Chengdu Aircraft will produce 50 jets for Pakistan over the next three years, Li told the state-run People’s Daily.



Pakistan has already received 60 jets from China since 2007. Ten of them were used by a test and evaluation unit of the Pakistan Air Force while 50 jets were assigned to two combat squadrons. Under the contract signed by the two countries, Pakistan will receive a total of 110 JF-17 jets.



The JF-17 was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.



Recently, eight JF-17 jets of the PAF escorted President Xi Jinping's aircraft when it entered Pakistani airspace before his arrival in Islamabad on April 20.



China will deliver fifty more JF-17 Thunder fighters to Pakistan over the next three years.

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