Chuck’s Guides – DCS JF-17 Thunder

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The PAC JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. The JF-17 can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. Its designation “JF-17” by Pakistan is short for “Joint Fighter-17”, while the designation and name “FC-1 Xiaolong” by China means “Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon”. The JF-17 is to become the backbone of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), complementing the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon at half the cost. The PAF inducted its first JF-17 squadron in February 2010. The JF-17 was primarily developed to meet the Pakistan Air Force requirement for an affordable, modern, multi-role combat aircraft as a replacement for its large fleet of Dassault Mirage III/5 fighters, Nanchang A-5 bombers, and Chengdu F-7 interceptors, with a cost of US$500 million, divided equally between China and Pakistan.

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Table of Contents

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION
PART 2 – CONTROLS SETUP
PART 3 – COCKPIT & EQUIPMENT
PART 4 – KIT & OPTIONS
PART 5 – START-UP PROCEDURE
PART 6 – TAXI & TAKEOFF
PART 7 – LANDING
PART 8 – ENGINE & FUEL MANAGEMENT
PART 9 – FLIGHT & AERODYNAMICS
PART 10 – HOTAS
PART 11 – RADAR & SENSORS
PART 12 – OFFENCE: WEAPONS & ARMAMENT
PART 13 – DEFENCE: RWR & COUNTERMEASURES
PART 14 – DATALINK & IFF
PART 15 – RADIO TUTORIAL
PART 16 – FCS & AUTOPILOT
PART 17 – NAVIGATION & ILS LANDING
PART 18 – AIRCRAFT OPERATION TIPS
PART 19 – AIR-TO-AIR REFUELING
PART 20 – OTHER RESOURCES

Last Updated: 15/02/2022

Revision History:
    -15/02/2022: Updated cockpit description, Updated start-up procedure, Added Defogging information, Fixed incorrect HOTAS descriptions throughout the entire document, Updated SAM ASM and NAM radar modes, Re-wrote Air-to-Ground and Air-to-Sea radar sections entirely, Added Expanded air-to-ground radar modes (EXP, DBS1, DBS2), Added FTT (Fixed Target Track), GMTT (Ground Moving Target Track), SSTT/SMTT (Sea Single/Moving Target Track), TA (Terrain Avoidance), BCN (Beacon Search) radar modes, Added Targeting Pod AIr-to-AIr Modes, Added Type 200A Anti-Runway bombs, Added air-to-ground radar employment procedures with anti-runway bombs and C-701 missiles, Corrected GBU-12 laser-guided bomb procedure, Corrected C-802AK Anti-Ship Missile procedures, Updated RWR (Radar Warning Receiver) symbology, Corrected SPJ (Self Protection Jammer) employment logic, Updated FAF (Final Approach Fix) logic and symbology, Added Air-to-Air Refueling section, Added abbreviations in Other Resources section, Various typo corrections and formatting improvement.
    -28/05/2021: CM-802AKG missile logic & procedures revised; Datalink pod is required for DIR, COO and MAN, which all require MITL guidance. Also revised CCRP symbology for Mk-82 bomb and GBU-12.
    -31/12/2020: GB-6 and LS-6 procedures updated, afterburner logic updated.
    -16/07/2020: Added clock, P.H. switch and G-Suit tube description, Start-Up procedure updated.
    -3/01/2020: Corrected LD-10 Active Mode procedure
    -23/12/2019: Updated Radar section, added AFD (Airfield Data) page in Navigation Section
    -16/12/2019: Initial Release

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