Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has inaugurated the JF-17 Integration Facility in order to achieve self-reliance and indigenization. The chief guest of the ceremony was Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force. The first batch of 8 dual seat JF-17 was launched.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Yao Jing and Executive Vice President, Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) Hao Zhaoping were in attendance.
The facility is located at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, working under the Avionics Production Factory. The Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) site at PAC and an RD-93 engine overhaul capability at Air Engineering Depot 102 at PAF Base Faisal will make sure that there is full support for the JF-17. For this Pakistan was dependent on China and the subsystems from European countries including France and Turkey.
Pakistan can assemble, install, test and qualify advanced weapon packages and electronics subsystems. It seems clear that PAF wants to strengthen its arsenal by the local weaponry subsystems and custom electronics for its JF-17s.
As trial tests first phase is done in China, Pakistan is looking to complete the integration and final flight tests at its own facilities. The main of the facility is to integrate the avionics and weapon systems of choice to JF-17s.
PAF has already completed the stand-off weapon (SOW) integration in 2017 and 2019. By adding the dedicated integration facility, the air force has further stepped up the game.
In another article, we informed our readers that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has launched the first batch of “08 dual seat JF-17” aircraft from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra which is quite a remarkable achievement.