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Pakistan receives Chinese JF-17 Block III fighter jets, reports say

10th March 2023 - 14:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Pakistan describes the JF-17 Block III as a fourth-plus generation fighter. (Photo: Pakistan Air Force)

The Pakistan Air Force's 16 Squadron has reportedly received the first batch of JF-17 Block III light multirole fighter aircraft, with a total of 50 ordered.

In early March, reports on social media emerged that the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) 16 Squadron 'Black Panthers' had received the first batch of JF-17 Block III lightweight multirole fighter aircraft.

A few days later, anonymous sources confirmed to the Eurasian Times that about a dozen jets were inducted into service during a low-key ceremony.

A Twitter account familiar with Pakistan’s military and defence equipment, Falcon Strike Syndicate, posted a photo of the tail of a JF-17 Block III with the serial number blurred out.

The earliest evidence of the first batch of the jets in serial production appeared in

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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