Amidst huge crowds during the official opening ceremony of the 51st Paris International Airshow, Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder exhibited its dazzling debut aerial performance at Le Bourget Paris on Tuesday.
The breathtaking aerial display by the Thunder, co-developed by China and Pakistan, included some extraordinary maneuvers like the muscle climb, thunder turns, slow speed performance and inverted flight.
The thunderous performance by the Pakistan Air Force’s display pilot, Wing Commander Usman, left the spectators spellbound. After the display, the aircraft landed amidst a huge round of applause by the thrilled and enchanted crowds.
Besides the aerial display, one JF-17 has been put on static display showing off its range of weapons. A large number of spectators including the potential buyers and enthusiasts are taking keen interest in JF-17 Thunder aircraft.
A joint press conference by PAF and AVIC (China Aviation Industry Corporation) was also held after the opening ceremony. While speaking at the occasion, Mr. Li Yuhai, Vice President AVIC told the media, “After successful participation of JF-17 aircraft in Farnborough Air Show, Dubai Air Show and Zhuhai Air Show in China, 03 JF-17 Aircraft have arrived to the Paris Air Show. This is another major action jointly taken by AVIC and Pakistan Air Force to further cultivate the international market for JF-17 aircraft. Currently, there are already positive market prospects for JF-17 aircraft in the international defense trade market.”
Later Mr. Yang Ying, President CATIC, while interacting with media said, “As a third-generation fighter featured with outstanding flight performance, strong operational capability, well-supported logistic system, and high performance-to-cost ratio, JF-17 enjoys a broad market prospect.
As JF-17 aircraft can be used as a substitute of second-generation fighter, all the countries still taking second-generation fighter as the backbone of its air force are actually the potential customers of JF-17 aircraft. Current market reaction also proves our expectation: on one hand, there are already several customers showing great interest and procurement intent toward JF-17 aircraft ; on the other, with the effort of Sino-Pak joint sales and marketing team, some customers are carrying out in-depth interaction with us.”