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.
Pakistan is buying about sixteen JF-17 jets every year. The older JF-17 jets cost $25 million each. Newer jets with AESA radar and other improvements will cost $32 million each.
Nigeria has ordered three JF-17 and Myanmar has ordered sixteen.
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.
AESA Radar can Detect Stealth Planes Over 100 Miles Away
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.
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.
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 place an order for 50 JF-17 Block-III fighter jets in the first half of 2017.
The FTC-2000G is a less expensive multi-role fighter.