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UPDATED: 17:10, May 15, 2006
Pakistan places order for 150 Xiaolong fighters
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Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief of Staff Tanveer Mehmud Ahmad witnessed the inaugural flight of FC-1 Xiaolong fighter (known as JF-17 Thunder in Pakistan) at Wenjiang Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province on May 10.

"Pakistan Air Force hopes to equip itself with a large number of Xiaolong fighters. The 150 Xiaolong fighters is far from being enough," Gen. Ahmad said after watching a performance by Xiaolong fighter.

As a joint venture between China and Pakistan, Xiaolong fighter is single-seat, single-engine, multirole light fighter aircraft. The fighter succeeded in its maiden flight on Apr 28.

The successful inaugural flight foreshadows the formal commencement of batch production in Chengdu. Xiaolong fighter will help raise the combat capacity of PAF to a new level. It may replace the F16 fighters in the fleet to become the main force of the PAF.

By People's Daily Online

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