February 03, 2018

JF-17 successfully test fires beyond visual range missile

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force on Friday achieved a landmark with the test-fire of BVR (Beyond Visual Range) and IR (Infrared) missile shooting down a slow speed target from JF-17 Thunder with pinpoint accuracy.

“It was a landmark occasion for the PAF as well as the whole nation, when the indigenously produced JF-17 Thunder shot down a slow speed target with BVR (Beyond Visual Range) and IR (Infrared) missile with pinpoint accuracy at the Sonmiani firing range,” the PAF announced.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest at the ceremony. The day also marked a monumental episode in the glorious history of PAF as a state-of-the-art weapon test range has been made operational to track the complete trajectory of the aircraft and launched missiles.

“This modern facility, developed in collaboration with Chinese authorities, is equipped with real time tracking and measuring equipment to qualify the indigenously-developed and procured weapon systems,” the announcement said.

It says the live demonstration is a potent display of the PAF’s capability to successfully locate and destroy high and slow speed targets by employing high-tech inventory of aircraft and missiles. Addressing on the occasion, the air chief said they are thankful to Allah Almighty who has given them the strength to achieve this extraordinary milestone.

He said the successful testing of these sophisticated weapons is a testimony of JF-17 Thunder's multirole capabilities. “It is a matter of immense pride that six PAF fighter squadrons have already been equipped with the pride of the nation JF-17 Thunder aircraft, making it the backbone of our aerial defence,” he said. He also lauded the hard work put in by the PAF and the Chinese personnel in making this event a success.

Earlier, Air Vice Marshal Haseeb Paracha, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, received the chief guest on his arrival at the venue. High ranking PAF officers along with civil and military officials also witnessed this historic event.


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