Reportedly Azerbaijan has shown interest in JF-17 Thunder. Sources suggest that Azerbaijani Air Force is looking for 24-36 Multirole Fighter Jets to replace their aging Mig-21s & Mig-29s.
Azerbaijani Air Force currently operates 5x Mig-21s, 12x Mig-29s & 12x Su-25s. Azerbaijani Air Force desperately needs BVR capability & JF-17 Thunder can provide BVR capability without breaking bank.
Moreover JF-17 Thunder is a complete package/Multirole fighter jet which can carry following armaments.
Air to Air Configuration
- PL-15 VLRBVRM (Will be integrated with Block-3) (Effective Range= 200-250 Km).
- PL-12/SD-10 BVRM (Effective Range= 100+ Km).
- PL-10 WVRM (will be integrated with Block-3).
- PL-5EII WVRM.
Air to Ground Configuration
- Various Unguided Bombs.
- Guided Bombs including LGBs, PGBs & Stand Off Weapons.
- Anti-Radiation Missiles (LD-10 & MAR-1).
Moreover JF-17 Thunder comes with state of the art KLJ-7 V2 radar (Till Block-2) & KLJ-7A AESA radar for Block-3. Thunder can also carry various types of Targeting/Reconnaissance as well as Jamming Pods.
JF-17 Thunder is a complete package for Azerbaijani Air Force & can replace almost all fighter jets currently operated by Azerbaijani Air Force without breaking bank.
Note: There is difference between “Maximum Range” & “Effective Range”.
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