On 30 December 2020, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex celebrated the completion of dual-seat JF-17 aircraft for PAF and formally launched the production work of Block-III JF-17 aircraft in a ceremony held at Kamra.
JF-17 Block-III is the most advanced JF-17 variant with improved technology and will enable PAF to maintain credible deterrence under the evolving geopolitical environment. But still JF-17 block 3 build quality is low compare to other fighter aircraft around the world. Reason? Pakistan can’t afford high priced aircraft.
While the option for acquiring the J-10 jets had been on Pakistan’s table for quite some time it was halted with the joint production of the JF-17 fighter jets.
The J-10 and JF-17 first entered service in 2006 and 2008 respectively.
The latest iteration of the J-10, the ‘4++ generation’ J-10C fighter, entered PLA service in 2018 with over 200 operational today. The aircraft has benefited from a range of advanced new features including stealth coatings, more powerful engines better maneuverability, an AESA radar, new cockpit displays, and electronic warfare systems, and access to the PL-15 and PL-10 air to air missiles.