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Modified Xiaolong Fighter Completes Test Flight, Courting Buyers

A Block 1 JF-17 Thunder at the Zhuhai Airshow in Guangdong, November 2012. (Photo/CNS) A Block 1 JF-17 Thunder at the Zhuhai Airshow in Guangdong, November 2012. (Photo/CNS)

Staff Reporter, INA Time, 19 March 2015

The first modified version of China's FC-1 Xiaolong fighter completed its maiden flight on Feb. 9 in Kamra, Pakistan, reports the UK-based Jane's Defence Weekly.

The single-engine, multi-role aircraft, also known as the PAC JF-17 Thunder, was jointly developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China.

After its first flight, the Block 2 fighter made another three successful test flights, carried out as part of Pakistan's promotion of the aircraft for overseas consumers. Air commodore Ahsan Rafiq, deputy chief project director and a former commanding officer of the Test and Evaluation Unit of the JF-17, said that the JF-17 has an additional air-to-air refueling probe, an enhanced oxygen system and an improved electronic countermeasures system.

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