Pakistan air force has sent three JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from the No. 26 Squadron 'Black Spiders' to participate in Zhuhai Air Show 2010. JF-17 Thunder is jointly developed by the Pakistan aeronautical complex and Chengdu Aircraft from China to replace the jets to replace very old aircrafts like Nanchang A-5, Chengdu F-7P / PG and Dassault Mirage III / V fighter aircraft in Pakistan air force.
Pakistani air force plans to install the refueling probes next year on the JF-17 Thunder to allow them to refuel for the IL-78MP MRTT aircrafts. For this purpose PAF is looking at both fixed and retractable in-flight refueling probes options.
At Zhuhai Air Show 2010, Pakistan Air Force has announced that it is no longer looking to acquire the western avionics and weapon systems for the second batch of the JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. Both Pakistan and china are in talks with atleast eight countries that have shown interest in purchase of these low cost, medium to advance fighter jets.
JF-17 Thunder from No. 26 Squadron 'Black Spiders' in Izmir Air Show