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JF-17 Thunder full and detailed specifications

JF-17 Thunder is a light weight all weather multi-role fighter aircraft jointly developed by China and Pakistan
JF-17 Thunder is the new approved name of the Super-7 (Chao Qi) aircraft. This name depicts true character of the modern aircraft and will surely give a new color to the image it carried earlier
Chinese have named their version of this aircraft as FC-1, which is the first fighter aircraft totally designed and developed in China
FC-1 on entry to PLAAF might carry the J-9 designation
The aircraft has been designed to have high performance at low cost. Surely, this feature would have world-wide attraction. Pakistan would benefit from its sale to other countries
Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute (CADI) designed the aircraft and prototyped at Chengdu aircraft Industry Company (CAC), both based in Sichuan Province. CAC is the second-largest fighter production base of China
The aircraft will have an edge over its contemporary aircraft particularly Indian light combat aircraft (LCA) in its cost, early availability and supportability
The aircraft has been developed in record time when airframe development was de-linked from avionics

 JF-17 Thunder Airframe Design

1. Aerodynamic Configuration

Bifurcated side air inlet.
New wing with ability of high angle of attack
Leading edge maneuvering flap
Trailing edge flap
Tip missiles
Twin Ventral Fin
Aerodynamic Changes in PT-4

2. New Landing Gear

Nose gear with steering
Main gear with paddle controlled hydraulic brakes and automatic anti-skid braking system

3. Comfortable Cockpit and Safe Escape System

Cockpit geometry conforming to US MIL Standard, suitable for 3% to 98% pilot anthropometrics
Single Piece stretch acrylic transparent canopy providing a good all around Field of View
Ejection Seat
Martin Baker high performance ejection seat
Canopy severance system for additional safety
French oxygen regulation system

4. New Environment Control System, providing:

Air supply to control cockpit pressure and temperature
Air supply for cooling Avionics
Air supply to pilot pressure suit
Air supply for windscreen defogging
Oxygen supply duration three hours

5. New Designed Flight Control System

JF-17 has composite flight control system comprising conventional controls with stability augmentation in roll and yaw axis and fly by wire in pitch axis.
Simple autopilot
Control system of lift increasing device, leading edge slats / flap and trailing edge flaps will be an automatic control system referring to air speed and angle of attack for improving aircraft maneuvering

6. New Electrical Power Supply System

Main power supply system will be 115V, 400Hz three phase AC and 27V DC combined system.
Essential power will be provided by a hydraulic driven AC / DC combined generator in case of Main System Failure
Emergency power will be provided by a set of batteries, in the event of engine flameout, for engine restarting, communication and navigation

7. Fuel System

Total internal fuel 5130 lb
Single point pressure refuelling system
External Fuel
One center line drop tank 800 liters
Two under wing drop tanks 800/1100 liters

8. Strength and Fatigue Life

JF-17 airframe is made of semi-monologue structure
High strength steel and Titanium alloy adopted partially at some critical places.
Max speed: 1350 KPH (Mach 1.8)
JF-17 aircraft would be designed, tested and proofed against the requirement tailored for MIL-A-8860 and Chinese National Military Specification GJB67-85
The desired fatigue life of the JF-17 airframe is 4,000 flight hours or 25 years
The period to first overhaul would be 1,200 flight hours

                                     The Avionics Suite

The avionics suite will make the JF-17 as an effective weapon platform. The glass cockpit and hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS) controls will reduce pilot workload. Accurate navigation and weapon aiming information on the head up display will help the pilot achieve his mission effectively. The multifunction displays will provide information on engine, fuel, hydraulics, electrical, flight control and environmental control system on a need-to-know basis along with basic flight and tactical information. The capability would be built around highly modern state-of-the-art avionics equipment, which is as follows:

Dual redundant two mission computers
Dual redundant 1553 Mux bus architecture
Multimode Pulse Doppler Radar with high power air-cooled transmitter and capable of tracking multiple targets with prioritized firing
Ring laser gyro inertial navigation system tied with GPS
Smart head up display with up front control panel. HUD minimum total Field of View is 25 degrees
Color video recording camera and video recorder (for SMFCDs)
Data Transfer Unit with digital map function
HOTAS
Three smart multi function color displays
Air Data Computer
R/Altimeter
IFF Interrogator/Transponder
ACMI
Standard Armament Interface Unit
Remote Interface Box
BVR Datalink
V / UHF Communication System (Qty 02)
Comm Datalink
All associated antennas
Warnings Computer
ILS
TACAN
RWR
MAWS
CFD
Other essential equipment like
Day/ night laser designator pod
Self Protection Jammer
IRST
FLIR
NVGs
Helmet Mounted Sight/Display

Weapons Capability

1. The aircraft would be fitted with modern Stores Management System incorporating accurate weapons delivery modes and solutions involving minimum pilot work load

2. The system would be based on Mil-Std-1760 architecture for all stations including the wingtip stations

3. The aircraft would be capable of carrying some of the most modern as well as conventional weapons,    including:
                    70-100 Km range beyond visual range active missiles
                    Highly agile Imaging infra red short range missiles
                    Air to sea missiles
                    Anti radiation missiles
                    Laser guided weapons
                    Programmable delays cluster bombs
                    Runway penetration bombs
                    General purpose bombs
                    Training bombs
                    23 mm double barrel gun

                         Air-Air Configurations:

                             Air-Ground Configurations:

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