Argentina to purchase JF-17 ‘Thunder’ jets from Pakistan worth $664 million

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Argentina, Purchase, JF-17 Thunder

Argentina intends to purchase 12 JF-17A Block III fighters from Pakistan according to a draft budget presented to the nations congress.

The Government of Argentina has officially included $664 Million in funding for the purchase of 12 PAC JF-17A Block III fighters from Pakistan in a draft budget for 2022 presented to its Parliament.

The two nation have had friendly relations for a while. Argentina has been part of the consensus in favor of the resolution put forward by Pakistan on the right to self-determination which is debated annually at the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The JF-17 Thunder is a single-engine multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical complex and the Chengdu Aircraft corporation of China. The builders say that the JF-17 can be used for multiple roles, including interception, ground attack, anti-ship, and aerial reconaissance.

58% of the JF-17 airframe, including its front fuselage, wings and vertical stabiliser, is produced in Pakistan, Whereas 42% is Produced in China, with the final assembly taking place in Pakistan.

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