Although many netizens call the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 “Fierce Dragon” a second-generation and a half fighter, the reason is that the “Fierce Dragon” is improved on the basis of the J-7, but the “Fierce Dragon” is generally returned to the world. It is classified as a third-generation aircraft, and some experts even call its latest batch a fourth-generation aircraft. It is comparable to the legal “Rafale” fighter jets that the Indian Air Force has just served. relation.
At present, the largest user of the “JF-17” fighter is the Pakistan Air Force. Although the Pakistani Air Force pilots flying the “JF-17” praised the “JF-17” and said that it is no less than the initial F-16, but from the actual situation, Jf-17 is still far behind the F-16 in the Pakistan Air Force. Those pilots who fly F-16 only the difference between two fighters.
In the 2019 India-Pakistan air battle, the Pakistani Air Force’s tactics also confirmed this claim, although the Pakistani Air Force originally claimed that it was the JF-17 that shot down the Indian MiG-21. when the United States sold F-16s and upgrades to Pakistan, Pakistan is not allowed to use the F-16 against India, but with more evidence revealed, especially the wreckage of the AIM-120 active medium-range bomb obtained by India, the Pakistan Air Force finally admitted that it was an improved F -16A/B shot down the Indian MiG-21, while the JF-17 and Mirage-3/5 performed ground attack missions and acted as a decoy to lure the Indian Air Force’s MiG-21. While in this battle Pakistan air force also lost one F-16 shot down by IAF Mig-21 Bison.