Is The New Pakistani JF-17 Jet A Thunder Or A Blunder In Comparison To The F-16 Fighting Falcon?
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a South Asian country with a population exceeding 201 million people. It was established in 1947 as an independent nation for Muslims from the regions in the east and west of the Subcontinent where there was a Muslim majority. It’s unique among Muslim countries as it’s the only one to have been created in the name of Islam in a territory previously shared with what is now India and Bangladesh under the dominion of the British Empire. It is a highly militarized nuclear state with the seventh largest army in the world, Pakistan has been marred in constant conflicts with its neighbors since its independence.
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Conflict seems to be in their DNA. As such, one would expect Pakistan to have developed or acquired a state-of-the-art fighter jet to boost an air force that’s sub-par compared to the other military powers of the world. The JF-17, Joint Fighter-17, Thunder was supposed to be that kind of fighter jet. Developed in conjunction with China, where the jet is known as the Fierce Dragon, the JF-17 is supposed to match the performance of the American F16 fighter jet. But, does it? With some critics mentioning that the close combat capabilities of JF-17 is below average or average at best, it’s anyone’s guess if the JF-17 fits the bill. You be the judge.
Is the Pakistanian JF-17 a Thunder or a blunder? Sound off and share your opinions and comments in the section below.