Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Maiden Flight: 27 April 2017
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: JF-17B Thunder
Origin: China
Corporations: Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation
Parent System: FC-1
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Maiden Flight: August 2003
Total Production: 250
Development Cost: USD$150 million
Family Members: FC-1
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Description: The FC-1 (Fighter China 1) is a fighter aircraft based upon the Super-7 Chao Qi program developed in cooperation between China and Pakistan (50/50) by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in the late 1990s. Russian MIG corporation provided assistance to Chengdu in the FC-1 development as well as the aircraft's RD-93 engine. Basically, the FC-1 is a single-seat, single-engine, light fighter aircraft optimized for air-to-air role with secondary air-to-ground/sea capability. The joint program started in 1999 with the first FC-1 prototype making its maiden flight in August 2003. The first production aircraft rolled off the factory in 2005 with the FC-1/JF-17 achieving initial operational capability in 2006.

The FC-1B is a two-seat variant of the FC-1 Xiaolong fighter aircraft and is intended to provide training in support of FC-1 aircraft operators while retaining most of the combat capabilities of the single-seat aircraft. The FC-1B is generally used for the refitting and flight training of FC-1 pilots during peacetime and wartime. The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) showcased a mockup of the FC-1B aircraft at the Paris air show in June 2013.

FC-1B Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 1
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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FC-1B News

There are 3 news between
17 Jun 2013 and 28 Apr 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017Twin-Seat JF-17B Fighter Trainer Successfully Completes Maiden Flight
Tuesday, December 30, 2014China Promoting FC-1 Fighter Aircraft Family for Developing Nations
Monday, June 17, 2013China Introduces FC-1B and L-15 Aircraft at the Paris Air Show

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