Diplomatic SIX JF17 THUNDERS ESCORT CHINESE PREMIER’S AIRCRAFTMay 22, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Six JF17 Thunder fighters of Pakistan Air Force escorted the aircraft of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as it entered Pakistan air space on Wednesday.. The formation of JF17 Thunders was commanded by Wing Commander Ronald Afzal, guided the special Air China Boeing 747 aircraft of the Chinese Premier to the Nur Khan Air Base.
To honour the distinguished guest, the same JF17 Thunders also presented a fly past in two formations of three aircraft each. 02 Mirages and 02 JF17 Thunder aircraft had also escorted the Former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when he visited Pakistan in December, 2010.
JF17 program is a joint venture between Pakistan and China and is termed as a Flagship of friendly relationship between two countries. JF17 is a codesigned, codeveloped and coproduced aircraft that is being produced at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra through transfer of technology. The program offers a unique opportunity for strategic engagement between Aviation Industries of two countries.