Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) / Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) - China / Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) - Pakistan
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base PAC JF-17 Thunder production variant)
monoplane / mid-mounted / swept-back
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted along the midway point of the sides of the fuselage.
The planform features wing sweep back along the leading edges of the mainplane, promoting higher operating speeds.
(Structural descriptors pertains to the base PAC JF-17 Thunder production variant)
1 x Klimov RD-93 afterburning turbofan engine developing 19,000lb of thrust (11,510lb dry).
(1,960 kph | 1,058 kts)
(16,920 m | 11 mi)
(3,482 km | 6,449 nm)
♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
1 x 23mm GSh-23-2 twin-barreled internal automatic cannons OR 1 x 30mm GSh-30-2 internal automatic cannon.
2 x Shot-Ranged Air-to Air Missiles (AAMs) on wingtip rail launchers.
Up to 8,000lb of externally-held ordnance across seven total hardpoints. Can include a combination of the following munitions:
AIM-9L "Sidewinder" short-ranged, air-to-air missiles (AAMs), PL-5E, PL-9C and PL-12 missiles, SD-10 missiles, Anti-Radiation missiles, AM-39 "Exocet" anti-ship missiles, Ra'ad ALCM cruise missiles, Mk 82 and Mk 84 general purpose drop bombs, Matra "Durandal" anti-runway / runaway-denial drop bombs, Mk 20/CBU-100 "Rockeye" anti-armor / cluster bombs, GBU-10, GBU-12, and LT-2 laser-guided bombs. H-2 precision-guided munitions, H-4 electro-optically guided bombs, LS-6 satellite-guided glide bombs, and (optional) 3 x Jettisonable fuel tanks.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 7 (including wingtip)
Note: Diagram above does not take into account inline hardpoints (mounting positions seated one-behind-the-other).
Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
The overall rating takes into account over 60 individual factors related to this aircraft entry.
Rating is out of a possible 100 points.
This entry's inherent combat value. Rating takes into account weapons support / versatility, available hardpoints, and total carrying capability to produce a combined numerical value.
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This entry's maximum listed speed (1,218mph).
Graph average of 975 miles-per-hour.
PAC JF-17 Thunder operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
Max Altitude Visualization
The 3 qualities we look at for a balanced aircraft design are altitude, speed, and range.
Showcasing era cross-over of this aircraft design.
This entry's total production compared against the most-produced military and civilian aircraft types in history (Ilyushin IL-2 and Cessna 172, respectively).
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