PESHAWAR (Staff Report) – PAF’s Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has produced as many as  16 JF-17 Thunder jets for Pakistan Air Force in 2015, a statement said on Monday.

According to the statement, CAS Sohail Aman announced that production capability of PAC would further be enhanced up to 24 jets in 2016.

“In 2015 the aeronautical complex also produced the Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) in lowest cost and saved up to US$15 million by repairing a warship damaged in a terrorist attack on Kamra complex,” the statement added.

The JF-17 Thunder, which is often mentioned as country’s greatest achievement in aeronautics so far, was originally produced in cooperation with China at local engineering complex.

The JF-17 can deploy diverse ordnance, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, and a 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel auto-cannon.