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Why JF-17 Thunder Block 3 With New PL-10 Air To Air Missile Would Be A Nightmare For india In Short Range Air To Air Combat?:

The very first image of PAKISTAN-CHINA JF-17 Block-3, a 4.5++ Generation Fighter Aircraft, appeared with the CHINESE Next Generation PL-10 Air to Air Missile was released in the fourth week of the April 2021.


In the picture, the second prototype of JF-17 Thunder Block-3, with number 3001, is carrying two PL-10 Missiles on its left and right hard points. Since, the release of the picture, there has been a lot of talk about the capability of JF-17 Thunder Block-3 Aircraft for PAKISTAN AIR FORCE.

Both Iron Brothers PAKISTAN and CHINA showcase the very first prototype of 4.5++ Generation JF-17 Thunder Block 3 Aircraft to the world back in December 2019, when it made its first flight in CHINA.

The new JF-17 Thunder Block-3 is packed with new generation weapons and sensors, which have never been used on any variant of JF-17 Thunder Aircraft.

Significance of PL-10 and PL-15 Air To Air Missiles
Significance of PL-10 and PL-15 Air To Air Missiles

The new 4.5++ Generation JF-17 Thunder Block-3 Fighter Aircraft is equipped with the revolutionary KLJ-7A AESA Radar, new and improved RD-93MA Engine, Helmet Mounted Sight and Display System (HMD/S), new Avionics Suite, Electronics Warfare and Counter warfare Suite and Head Up Display (HUD) and new generation of lethal Missiles. With all these advancements, JF-17 Thunder Block 3 can easily compete the US F-16V and other 4.5++ Generation Aircraft in terms of maneuverability, agility and speed.

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Significance of CHINESE PL-10 Air to Air Missile for JF-17 Thunder Block-3 Aircraft:

PAKISTAN Iron Brother CHINA has developed the two Next Generation Air to Air Missile for the new Generation of CHINESE Combat Aircraft. CHINA has also developed the PL-15 Long Range Air to Air Missile, which has afraid even the United States Air Force (USAF) due to its Effectiveness, Agility, Speed and Long Range.

CHINESE PL-10 Air To Air Missile
CHINESE PL-10 Air To Air Missile

The PL-10 Short Range air to air missile is one of the World’s most capable short range air to air missile developed by CHINA. The Missile has entered the service around 2015 and this missile has easily surpassed all its predecessors in terms of capability, maneuverability, speed and agility.

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The PL-10 Air to Air Missile used the aerodynamic thrust control, which requires the integration of highly advanced helmet Mounted and Cueing System in order to exploit its true potential.

Furthermore, the PL-10 Missile can easily surpass the performance of European and israeli competitors used by the PAKISTAN’s potential adversaries, including india.

The PL-10 air to air missile has the complete potential to smartly compensate the low maneuverability of JF-17 Thunder Block-3 Aircraft even at low speeds.

This potential capability of the PL-10 air to air missile would easily give PAKISTAN AIR FORCE a decisive edge over the MiG-29 and SU-30MKI Fighter Jets, which are being in used by the indian air force.

Significance of CHINESE PL-15 Air to Air Missile for JF-17 Thunder Block-3 Aircraft:

The PL-15 Air to Air Missile is considered as the most capable air to air missile in the world that is packed with its own AESA radar and it can engage the enemy aircraft with an estimated range of 250-300 Kilometers in total.

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CHINESE PL-15 Air to Air Missile
CHINESE PL-15 Air to Air Missile

PAKISTAN CHINA 4.5++ JF-17 Thunder Block-3 would be armed with both the PL-10 and PL-15 Missile and both of these missiles have already been integrated onto the CHINESE J-10C, J-16 and J-20 Combat Aircraft.

The arming of PAKISTAN and CHINESE newest Generation Fighter Jet with PL-Series Air to Air Missile will provide the much needed formidable advantage to the PAKISTANI and CHINESE Fighter Jets over indian jets in case of a potential conflict.

After successfully integrating the PL-10 and PL-15 Air to Air Missile to the JF-17 Thunder Block 2 and Block 3 Aircraft, PAKISTAN has earned the distinction of beings the first foreign operator to use the lethal CHINESE PL-10 and PL-15 air to air missile.

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