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 – TAKEOFF
PART 7 – LANDING
PART 8 – ENGINE 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 – OTHER RESOURCES

Last Updated: 3/01/2020

Revision History:
    -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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