China to equip PAF JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets with KLJ-7A active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar
on 28 March China Daily newspaper reported that China will upgrade Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter jet with the KLJ-7A active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar
The head of Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET) ,Hu Mingchun said that the newest version of the KLJ-7 fire-control radar (FCR) will substantially improve the combat capabilities of the aircraft
“Our product will tremendously extend the fighter jet’s detection range, giving it a much longer sight that will help it detect the enemy’s aircraft before they do; and this is very important, because in real combat if you see first, you fire first, The radar is capable of tracking dozens of targets and engaging several of them simultaneously. It also has a good jamming-resistant capacity that keeps the plane away from enemy’s electronic interference.” The KLJ-7A radar can be mounted on light-or medium-weight fighter jets
Wu Peixin, an aviation industry analyst in Beijing, said the upgrade with a type of cutting-edge radar will undoubtedly enhance the JF-17/FC-1’s appeal to potential buyers from developing nations.
“The KLJ-7A will enable JF-17 and its variants to have stronger fighting capability at a reasonable cost, allowing the aircraft to compete with or confront expensive Western or Russian jets,
During the 2016 Zhuhai Airshow china unveiled new model of state of art KLJ-7A active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radar .
JF-17 thunder also known as FC-1 Xiaolong is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft . Pakistan Air Force operate more than 100+ units of JF-17 Block 1 and block 2 . Myanmar Air Force and Nigerian Air Force have also placed order to buy JF-17 thunder fighter jets .Research work of JF-17 block 3 is almost completed and PAF will start producing JF-17 block 3 at the end of 2018