Fighter jets worth $560m ordered last year, says magazine

YANGON — Myanmar has ordered a fleet of Chinese-designed fighter jets worth more than half a billion US dollars from Pakistan, an Israeli online defence magazine has reported.

Myanmar placed an order “in 2015” for 16 JF-17 Thunder jets, each worth US$35 million, Defense Update reported on January 11.

Myanmar was the first country to order the jets from Pakistan, the report said.

It said the jets were designed and developed by the state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China to meet Pakistani requirements for a lightweight, affordable fighter jet.

The Pakistan Air Force was making the jets at its Pakistani Aeronautical Complex at Kamra in the northern Punjab.

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“The Complex produced 16 JF-17 Block II Thunder aircraft in 2015,” the report said.

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