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“Made in China.” Defective fighter jets in Pakistan and Nigeria


Hello, dear readers and guests, today we will talk about fighters aircraft of Chinese origin.

The Pakistani army is armed with Chinese Jf-17 fighter jets. A little less than half of them do not take off and remain in place. That’s because they’re defective.

Both Russian and Indian sources claimed that there are problems with the fuselage of the fighters, with cracks being detected in the lower fairing skin, an area that is most affected by G or gravity-related pressures.

JF-17 has been the hallmark of Pakistan’s defense innovation, with many countries expected to buy the fighter jet. According to the report, the fighter’s canopy electrical system is malfunctioning, a fault that can make ejection by a pilot difficult in case of an emergency.

JF-17 of Pakistan
JF-17 of Pakistan

There are a lot of problems, such as cracks on fairings, malfunctioning fuselage due to which the aircraft is under air pressure. For all this marriage, such a fighter is the newest in Pakistan, which must fight on a level with the military equipment of India, but now its seen Pakistan can’t even match the Indian MiG-21 bison.

Forty percent of its fighters are located at two airbases in Pakistan. And because of different defects, they can’t take off. And all the defects are in the designs of aircraft, so quickly they do not patch up.

Due to one of the faults in the electrical system, it is impossible to catapult the pilot at any risk. Also, errors were found in slats and flaps of the wings. The radar, you can tell, is held on snot, as it was too heavy for fastenings.

PAF JF-17 and Nigerian Jf-17
PAF JF-17 and Nigerian Jf-17

And how the Chinese and Pakistani managed to make such serious mistakes, we will not know about it.

Therefore, the flight of such aircraft is impossible. Well, it is not surprising, because they are made in China.

PAF’s fleet availability is extremely high, as the force maintains a higher Pilot-Cockpit ratio and better Turnaround Time than IAF. “Both of these elements of readiness can’t be achieved without a high fleet availability rate.” said by a Pakistani official.

The JF-17 is a joint Pakistani-Chinese fighter jet, inaugurated by the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in the early 1990s as the FC-1, with Pakistan later joining as the full partner.

China supports the avionics and radar of the plane, among many other critical technologies, with Pakistan producing 58% of the fighter’s airframe and subsystems, which includes the wings, tail, and forward fuselage sections. The fighter jet is assembled in Pakistan.

Producing the fighter jets indigenously has one important advantage – you don’t have to rely on foreign spare parts or aircraft upgrades. This is what sets the PAF’s combat preparedness apart from countries like India whose frontline fighters are mainly foreign-based and require outside help.

“Another key element to understand is that PAF has dedicated factories for providing ongoing MRO services for every single aircraft in service, down to UAVs. Even PAF F-16s are rarely sent overseas for maintenance,” Raza added.

The Indian media also quoted the anchor breakage issues in the JF-17 fighter, which shows signs of structural weakness. Although the reports are unconfirmed, EurAsian Times reached out for comment to multiple authorities in Pakistan who refused to comment. The news was also widely posted on Indian social media accounts.

JF-17s have only been sold to Nigeria and Myanmar so far, with talks for sale happening with Sri Lanka, Sudan, Malaysia, and Zimbabwe in recent years. The Pakistan air force continues to be the biggest customer of the plane so far, with about 150 units already in service with the force.

 

 


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