Pakistan to Export War Planes To Azerbaijan Republic

Friday 23 February 2024 - 12:47

Pakistani news media outlets have reported the signing of the largest export deal in Pakistan’s history with the Azerbaijani Air Forces.

According to Pakistani media outlets, the Azerbaijani military has purchased JF-17 Thunder fighter jets (JF-17C Block-III) from Pakistan, along with training services and procuring armaments, in a contract worth $1.6 billion.

The Pakistan-Azerbaijan contract includes 18 JF-17 fighter jets, with an initial delivery of eight jets.

This deal, considered the largest military industry export of Pakistan, also involves the provision of spare parts, training courses, and arms packages to the government of Baku.

It’s worth noting that in previous years, the Pakistani military has also sold this type of fighter jets (Block 1 and 2) to the armies of Nigeria and Myanmar; so, Azerbaijan is the third customer of the JF-17 Thunder (Block 3) fighter jet.

The JF-17 Thunder is a single-engine multirole fighter jet produced by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) of China. While it is considered inferior to its American and Russian counterparts, it has gained popularity in some African and Asian countries due to its lower cost and easier accessibility.

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