Chengdu FC-1 / PAC JF-17 Thunder

The FC-1 Xiaolong (Fierce Dragon) is the result of a joint Sino-Pakistani development programme that commenced in 1999. Russia supplied its Klimov RD-93 turbofan jet engine for the aircraft. The Pakistani Air Force has ordered 150 examples of the aircraft, which entered service in 2007. The aircraft has been actively marketed to other air forces. A two-seat fighter-trainer variant made first flight in April 2017.

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Shenyang J-8II

The J-8II (NATO reporting name: ‘Finback-B’) is a single-seat, twin-engine interceptor fighter introduced by Shenyang Aircraft Industry Corporation (SAC) in the early 1980s. Over the next two decades, the aircraft’s capabilities were steadily improved through incorporating of new avionics and weapon systems. With significant numbers of the 4th-generation fighters now in service with the PLA, the J-8II is nearing the end of its service life.

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