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JF-17, the Chinese Premier in Pakistan, and Chief Engineer Yang


Interview with JF-17 Chief Architect Yang

People, Beijing, May 23 (Reporter Yang Mu) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang his official visit to Pakistan on May 22nd. He arrived at Islamabad, at the Noor Khan air field. Earlier, when Li Keqiang's plane entered Pakistani airspace, the Pakistan Air Force sent six JF-17 fighters to escort the Premier. On stepping out of the door of the airplane, an additional overpass was made over the airport. When the news of this came out, it immediately aroused worldwide attention.

JF-17 is made by the China Aviation Industry Group CATIC, Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation and Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute, among other organizations, in jointl development with the Pakistan Air Force. The JF-17 is a new generation of single engined, single-seat, multi-role light fighter, and is an important cooperation between the two countries. It is known as a successful example of cooperation between China and Pakistan. Pakistan Air Force named it the JF-17 Thunder.

On the afternoon of May 23rd, a People's Daily reporter interviewed the "Fierce Dragon" fighter architect Yang.

Reporter: As the designer of the JF-17, how did you feel when Premier Li Keqiang's plane was escorted by the JF-17 when visiting Pakistan?

Yang: Prime Minister's visit being escorted by Pakistani JF-17 fighter, it reflects on the political importance the visit and reflects on the close relationship between China and Pakistan. As the developer we are very proud. 

A full escort, it is pretty spectacular and we read the news and saw the pictures. Pakistan sent 6 JF-17s, reflecting the importance of the JF-17 in the Pakistan Air Force.

Reporter: What improvements are to be made on the JF-17 in the future?

Yang: As a fighter, sensor suite and strike capability is the force multiplier. We will focus on improving the JF-17 in terms of information perception, system integration capabilities and weaponry, making it a better third generation aircraft. [Chinese 3rd Generation = Western 4th Generation]

Reporter: Is there plans to develop a two-seater JF-17?

Yang: We have plans to develop two-seater, and there are plans to develop series models.

Reporter: Will the stealth performance further improve?

Yang: the JF-17 itself is not a full stealth aircraft, but the design is considered low observable because of such factors as a front edge of the wing sweep angle, S bend inlet, etc., which are better for stealth. In addition, the JF-17 among third generation aircraft, in the head is relatively small, their stealth is good. The future will take low-cost stealth measures to further improve the stealth ability, but do not develop academic sense, usually defined on the stealth aircraft.

Reporter: What is the status of the JF-17s engine development?

Yang: the engine of the JF-17 fighter and other major national engine developments, is going according to plan and has made considerable achievements.

Reporter: Export Pakistan two batches of "Fierce Dragon" fighter, is filled with domestic engine do?

Yang: export "Fierce Dragon" All parts are made in China, in addition to the engine.

Reporter: "Fierce Dragon" air refueling technology improvements have plans and progress?

Yang: the Palestinian side in the delivery of the second batch of "Fierce Dragon" fighter, there are fighters with aerial refueling capability, which is already included in the signed contract. Within a year or two, we will see with the air refueling capability of the "Fierce Dragon" aircraft in Pakistan.

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