Heavily armed fanatics attacked PAF base Minhas at Kamra. All the infiltrators were killed. One Pakistani soldier Muhammad Asif lost his life while defending a post. Base Commander Air Commodre Muhammad Azam took a bullet to the shoulder while leading the defensive operation. After some medical aid, he returned to the field to resume the charge to secure the base. No JF-17s were harmed in the attack.
Terrorists attempted to target Erieye AEW&C based on Saab 2000 platform.
It is interesting to note that the millitants are targetting strategic assets like Atlantique in Karachi and Erieye at Kamra. These planes have more relevance in theatres of war with external opposition rather than the terrorists, who are generally targetted by F-16s.
Following image implies detection range of F-22 and F-16 by JF-17's radar. The image has been making rounds of internet and various Chinese websites.
JF-17 Thunder was spotted with an unknown Pod. There are no details available yet. This could be a targetting pod, ECM or even an IRST pod. During the flight, the JF-17 was being used as a chase-plane for China's 5th generation stealth aircraft J-20, so it might just have been a camera.
AVIC and PAC are working on a two-seat version of JF-17 Thunder. The two-seat version will be used for conversion training and can also be adapted for combat roles. The development is not at the stage where the deliveries can be made.
The single seat version was designed in such a way that a two-seat version could later be adapted.
Serbian air force wants to buy a dozen aircrafts with allocated budget of $ 1.3 billion. A defence official said "We would ideally need between 12 and 16 new planes to secure our air space"
Serbian air force commander Brigadier General Ranko Zivak mentioned that foriegn manufacturers would be invited next year to make offers.
Defence officials mentioned that they would be evaluating JF-17 Thunder, Su-30, F-16,F-18, Rafale, Gripen and Eurofighter.