PAF all set to deliver its first batch of JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft to Nigeria this year
Pakistan is looking to expand its market to Azerbaijan, Malaysia and other African countries.
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is all set to deliver its first batch of JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter aircraft to Nigeria. Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar confirmed the news that the delivery will be made later this year.
The NAF chief said that the supply will be made by November 2020, he did not specify the number of aircraft.
JF-17 thunders are a production of China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). The fighter jet can be used in an interception, anti-ship, aerial reconnaissance and ground attack.
$61 million were allocated for the Nigerian Air Force’s NF-17 program in 2016 and 17. Nigeria wants to complete this purchase in phases to avoid putting stress on its economy.
The Nigerian Air Force is expected to use the aircraft in its operations against armed bandit groups, Boko Haram and other insurgent groups in the country.
Pakistan sold four JF-17 to Myanmar last year. It is looking to expand its market to Azerbaijan, Malaysia and other African countries.
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