Pakistan has been invited by the organizers of the upcoming Marrakesh Air Show being held from 27 April next year to showcase the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet it has jointly developed with China. The JF -17 is a lightweight multi-role combat aircraft manufactured at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra, Pakistan. It can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception.
The JF-17 can deploy diverse ordnance including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and is equipped with a 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon. It is powered by a Guizhou WS-13 afterburning turbofan engine and has a top speed of Mach 1.6.
The JF-I7 roughly matches the performance of the US manufactured F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter that is currently the backbone of the Pakistan Air Force but at half its cost.
The Almassae newspaper of Morocco has reported that due to these merits Morocco is the latest country in a growing list that has expressed interest to buy the JF-17 for its Air Force.
These aircraft manufacturers see Morocco as the gateway to the promising African market for civilian, military aviation, and business aviation.
Pakistan also intends to exhibit its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at the air show. The country is a leading producer of state of the art weapons and systems including the Al-Khalid main battle tank and small arms.