China & Pakistan Exporting Cheap Jets With Anti-Stealth Plane Radar. China has new anti-stealth radar using high-efficiency air-cooling systems for upgraded JF-17 / FTC-2000G export fighter jets.
The radar uses a 3GHz bandwidth at the X-band, provides detection of fighter-sized targets at 170 km, tracks up to 15 targets simultaneously and engages four with air/air missiles.
The radar also supports air/ground modes, with one-meter SAR resolution and terrain mapping at 300 km. Searching targets at sea, the radar can detect large targets from 200 km. The planar AESA array measures 60×60 cm and weighs 69 kg. The processor and power module weigh another less than 35 kg. The array consumes 3,200 VA of power.
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Various countries including Algeria, Argentina, Myanmar, Qatar, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Uruguay have shown interest in the JF-17.
Nigeria has ordered three JF-17 and Myanmar has ordered sixteen.
Pakistan Aeronautical complex kamra manufacturing 16+ JF-17 Fighter jets units per year. Till now PAF has inducted 100+ units of JF-17 block A and Block B
This will mean that the US Air Force cannot afford to be careless while operating in the middle east and Asia. Every third-rate military will have a chance to detect and get a lucky shot to take down a careless pilot in an F-35.
JF-17 Block 3 will have avionics advancements such as helmet-mounted display and sight (HMD/S) system, a new single panel multi-functional display (MFD), an active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar paired with an infrared search and track (IRST) system, and a cockpit with a flight-control stick on the side an NRIET KLJ-7A AESA radar. It will have more use of composites, a new engine, and a two-seater cockpit option, with a top speed of 2.0+ Mach.
The older JF-17 jets cost $25 million each. Newer jets with AESA radar and other improvements will cost $32 million each. The FTC-2000G is a less expensive multi-role fighter.
Pakistani Air Force officials have described it as a “fourth generation plus” fighter jet. According to unconfirmed media reports, the induction is expected to start around 2019. The PAF (Pakistan Air Force) is expected to produce 50 JF-17 Block-III fighter jets in the first half of 2019
The PAC JF-17 Thunder or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China.
The JF-17 can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack, and aircraft interception. Its designation “JF-17” by Pakistan is short for “Joint Fighter-17”, while the designation and name “FC-1 Xiaolong” by China means “Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon”.
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