Myanmar Grounds Entire Fleet of Pak-China Fighter Jet ‘JF-17 Thunder’
Myanmar grounds entire fleet of Pak-China fighter Jet ‘JF-17 Thunder. ’Thunder fleet owing to various structural issues as well as other technical issues, as reported by defense analysts and former MAF pilots.
The fighter jets of the MAF, which were specifically designed for interception ground attacks, interception and missile strikes have been rendered inoperable. Additionally, Myanmar lacks the technical capabilities to deal with JF-17-related problems.
According to an ex- MAF pilot the airframe of a fighter plane is susceptible to damage especially around the wingtips and hard points when it is subject to strong gravity forces. Myanmar Grounds Entire Fleet of Pak-China Fighter Jet ‘JF-17 Thunder’
In the same way, it’s important to note the fact that Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder also proved to be a problem for Islamabad in the last year due to its large operational and maintenance costs when compared with modern weapons.
It is important to note that Myanmar signed a deal to China on the 16th of June, 2016 for China to acquire 16 JF-17s at a cost of 25 million dollars each. MAF received its first 6 aircraft by the year 2018 which makes it the first country following Pakistan to purchase an entire fleet of JF-17s.