Sunday, September 20, 2020

Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force looks to buy JF-17 Thunder fighter jets

The Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force will seek to purchase JF-17 multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China.

That was reported by QUWA.

As per aviation journalist and close Pakistan Air Force (PAF) watcher Alan Warnes, the Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force (or Azeri Air Force) has rekindled its interest in the JF-17 Thunder.

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Pakistan and Azerbaijan signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement at the beginning of November.

Azerbaijan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Yaqub Eyyubov attended the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), where he reiterated his government’s interest in building relations with Pakistan.

Azerbaijan can also become the first buyer of new JF-17B two-seater multirole fighter.

The model of new JF-17B two-seater multirole fighter was unveiled at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai.

The JF-17B retains full combat capability, and as much of the existing airframe is being kept as possible. The design features a humped dorsal spine to restore the fuel capacity displaced by the second seat, in turn requiring a dorsal fin to restore keel area.

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