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BEIJING – The development and production of JF-17 Block 3 are underway aimed at enhancing its informatized warfare capability and weapons, Chief Designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet, Yang Wei said.

All related work is being carried out to upgrade the JF-17 Block’s informatized warfare and weapons, according to a report of China Aviation News.

Wei Dongxu, a Beijing based military analyst told Global Times that the JF-17 Block 3 is likely to be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar, which can gather more information in combat, enabling the fighter jet to engage from a farther range and attack multiple targets at the same time.

A helmet-mounted display and sight system could also allow pilots to aim whatever he sees.

Pakistan, the main user of the JF-17 could further share information between the fighter and other platforms taking advantage of the whole combat system to effectively defend against strong opponents, Wei said.

With the new upgrade, the JF-17 Block 3 to match an improved version of the F-16 fighter jet, he added.
JF-17, or the FC-1, is a single-engine multi-role light fighter jet jointly developed by China and Pakistan for export.