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Pakistan to induct first squadron of JF-17 jets next year

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 9, IRNA -- Pakistan will induct first squadron of 
JF-17 fighter planes, Thunder, in Pakistan Air Force in the middle of 
next year. 
The News reported in its Wednesday issue that the squadron would 
consist of six supersonic warplanes being jointly built by Pakistan 
and China. 
Engineers and technicians from both countries have started 
building five prototype fighter planes which are likely to be 
completed within a couple of months, the report said. 
Pakistan plans to induct 150 Thunders in phases, equipping them 
with latest avionics developed jointly by the two countries. 
The new jets would replace Chinese origin warplanes, A-5 and F-7, 
which are completing their stated life. 
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