ABUJA, (BM) – Nigeria will fight the terrorist group Boko Haram with the Pakistani multirole combat fighter jets JF-17, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, referring to Pakistani and American media. We remind you that the Nigerian Air Force is currently operating with the Franco-German Alpha Jet (13), the Chinese fighter Zhengju F7 (8), and the Brazilian light attack aircraft EMB 314 Super Tucano (6).
Media reports do not specify the deal’s value, but Nigeria’s 2018 budget says the country will spend $ 184 million to acquire three new Pakistani JF-17 fighters.
Pakistan Aircraft Complex, a manufacturer of fighter jets, delivered its product to the Nigerian Air Force. According to Pakistan’s Deputy Defense Minister, Marshal Syed Noman Ali, Nigeria will receive basic and missile simulators and technical assistance to help Nigerian pilots fly fighter jets quickly and accurately.
According to the former Pakistani pilot and now analyst Kaiser Tufail, Nigeria receives a fighter to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram successfully and sees its imminent elimination.
Pakistan is constantly updating its JF-17
We can safely say that the Pakistani JF-17 fighter is the pride of Pakistani aeronautical engineering, although the project is joint with China. In the last two or three years, however, Pakistan has relied heavily on this project and strives to keep up with its development to be competitive in the air.
In 2020, for example, the Pakistani military tested a new Ra’ad-II cruise missile fired by the JF-17. This missile is Pakistani production and has a long-range of 550 km.
As we announced last year, Pakistan has raised the standard of its fighter even more, as the obsolete Russian RD-33 engine has been replaced by an improved version of the Klimov RD-93MA. This engine is not accidental, as it drives some versions of the MiG-35, MiG-33, and MiG-29.
Last but not least, the Pakistani multi-role fighter has a two-pilot version, which only shows Islamabad’s desire to invest even more in the JF-17.
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