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China, Pakistan to upgrade their jointly produced fighter jet: Report

Beijing: China and Pakistan plan to upgrade their jointly- produced JF-17 Thunder fighter jet to enhance the its “informatised warfare capability and weapons which experts say could effectively defend against strong opponents like India.

The development and production of the JF-17 Block 3 are underway, Yang Wei, a Chinese legislator and chief designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet, said.

The Pakistan media claimed that JF-17 aircraft was used to carry out an attack along the Line Of Control (LOC) on February 27. The Indian Air Force, however, said a US made F-16 has been shot down during the attack.

The up-gradation of JF-17 is aimed to enhance the jet’s “informatised warfare” capability and weapons, the state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday.

“Informatised warfare is often used by the Chinese military which broadly refers to the use of information and communication technology in modern wars.

The JF-17, which was previously referred as FC-1 Xiaolong, a single-engine multi-role light fighter was being jointly produced by the two countries for several years with engines supplied by Russia.