Nigeria has officially made purchase of the JF-17 Multirole Fighter as the deal has been finalised. Pakistan on Wednesday gave the go-ahead with the sale of 3 single engine JF-17 Multirole Fighter to Nigeria for the sum of $184.3 million.
As per details acquired, the Economic Coordination Committee has approved summary of issuance of a certificate of sovereign guarantee in this regard. The summary was tabled by the Pakistani Ministry of Defence.
It is pertinent here to mention that as many as six JF-17 aircraft have been exported to Myanmar also, making Nigeria and Myanmar the first export partners of the jet.
This marks a historic moment for Pakistan as it has officially joined the exclusive club of military aviation manufacturer.
This also marks a historic moment for Nigeria as it final returns to the club of a 21st century air force flying 4th generational combat aircraft after a a 36 year hiatus. This single purchase alone makes the Nigerian Air Force the largest and most powerful Air Force in West Africa with more offensive fire power than the next 14 ECOWAS member states combined.
The PAC JF-17 Thunder, or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong, is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China.
The JF-17 was designed with considerable input from Pakistan’s experience in using the F-16. It has made the JF-17 even better. However it is equipped with the Russian jet engine, a similar power plant now in the MIG-29 Fulcrum.
The JF-17 has a range beyond 2,400 miles on 3 tanks. However if fitted with inflight refuelling probe, it could go as far as 5,000 miles. The picture below shows the possibility of the fighter being equipped with a fixed inflight refuelling probe.