JF-17 THUNDER – Ready To Tear The World Asunder!
by Haroon [ANTIBODY]
- January 29, 2012 9:07 am
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JF-17 is the only modern day lightweight fighter providing world class performance at low operating expenditures.
This advanced fighter will be poised as a lower budget alternative for
countries gearing up for the 21st century Net Centric Warfare
Environment, especially for those who cannot afford the massive price
tags of other similarly performing fighters.
The fourth prototype saw major design upgrades, indicating that the
capabilities required by the PAF for a baseline fighter had increased
significantly. This prototype emerged as a potent BVR platform capable
of undertaking precision strike, escort, interdiction, air patrol,
reconnaissance and ant-ship roles. It can operate in dense, hostile
electronic warfare environment thus ensuring the provision of deterrence
against existing and future threats.
The JF-17 evolved into a fighter with advanced aerodynamic features
such as diverter-less supersonic inlets (DSI). DSI improved the
performance, reduced weight and cut down the frontal radar cross section
(RCS) of the fighter. Large Leading edge extension provided higher
angle of attack and more lift to the mid mounted wings. It has
impressive instantaneous and sustained turn rates. The flight control
surfaces are operated by a computerised flight control system (FCS).The
fighter has digital quad-redundant Fly-by-wire (FBW) system in the pitch
axis and dual-redundant FBW system in the roll and yaw axis
It’s enhanced man-machine interface, advanced cockpit layout and good
all round field of view reduce the work load of the pilot thus
providing greater operational effectiveness. The pilot can access vital
cockpit functions and fly the fighter without having to remove his hands
from throttle and flight control.
The cockpit has a smart Heads Up Display with a large field of vision
and three large interchangeable smart Multifunctional displays. JF-17′s
electronics use dual redundant MIL-STD-1553B, MIL-STD-1760
architecture. The dual redundant mission computers are integrated with
the MFDs and control one databus each. The pilot also fields a helmet
mounted system of speculated Chinese origin.
The KLJ-7 radar is a long range, multimode pulse doppler radar with
look down shoot down capability. It can see forty targets, track ten of
them and engage two simultaneously. An expanded electronic warfare
equipment is accomodated in the tail fin. The JF-17 has a defensive aids
system which incoporates various subsystems including a radar warning
reciever, ECM aswell as a missile approach warning system.
The klimov RD93 with a maximum output of 96kN gives JF-17 a thrust to
weight ratio of 1.It is equipped with Digital Electronic Engine Control
(DEEC) system. . The engine provides the fighter with high acceleration
and an instantaneous response while consuming less fuel. The engine can
be replaced at the airbases within few hours with little logistical
High number of sorties can be generated due to the single point
pressure refuelling system, which reduces turn around time. This aspect
is particularly important as it allows an airforce with less aircrafts
to continuously keep considerably more fighters in the air, when needed.
Another key feature is the markedly low operating cost of JF-17 thus
ensuring more flying hours on the machine for pilots to hone their
JF-17 has the capability to operate from motorways, simple road bases
and short improvised airfields thus giving another dimension for the
PAF to exploit. The fighter can securely datalink to other fighters,
ground centre and AWACS thus giving enhanced situational awareness which
is of integral importance in modern day warfare.
JF-17 is in the process of integrating a long list of weapons systems
and pods. PAF has shown great confidence in SD-10A and is using it in
the frontline , side by side the state-of-the-art US AIM-120C5. Special
importance is being given to the standoff precision strike
capability.The fighter can effectively carry out it’s mission with an
endurance of 3.5 hours, more than 4000kg of weapons load and an extended
range of 3000km.
The production and incorporation of upgrades are occurring
simultaneously, thanks to the modular design of the fighter. Another
aspect often overlooked is the ability to upgrade the initial batches
with new technology in the upcoming years to ensure their continued
relevance in future conflicts. Full Operational Clearance may be
achieved by the end of 2012.
Later blocks are aligned to be enhanced versions of the ‘already in
service’ JF-17 block-1. Speculations exist about AESA radars; Forward
looking infra red cameras along with Infra red search & track for
detecting the target without revealing itself. Other features like
In-flight refueling is on the cards for longer range, a modified frontal
fuselage to further reduce RCS, more powerful mission computers,
greater sensor fusion, improved RWR/ECM, satellite link, multiple launch
rails, upgraded engine and a greater use of composites. These future
blocks might share some core technology with the J-10b. A two seat
trainer is also envisioned.
JF-17 , once considered as a third generation fighter for merely
filling in the numbers , now boasts of state of the art capabilities
causing serious concern for adversaries and competing vendors alike. The
fighter’s substantial growth capability as well as the will and funding
for its continued growth and enhancements are critical factors for
choosing this weapons system from a historically reliable vendor, China.
JF-17 thus gives the pilot a non-shattering confidence in the face of
its more expensive contemporaries and a unique pride to be one of the
select few of the ”THUNDER RIDERS”.
*hioutong ” Its flight control includes a Type 634 quadruplex digital
FBW in pitch axis and a duplex analog FBW in roll axis” Two enlarged
F/A-18 style LERX are thought to offer higher AOA as wel”http://cnair.top81.cn/J-10_J-11_FC-1.htm
The aircraft is powered by a reliable RD-93 engine which is equipped with Digital Electronic Engine Control (DEEC) system. http://www.paf.gov.pk/prototype_of_jf17.html
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