The JF-17 Thunder, also known as the Xiaolong fighter, is being co-developed by China and Pakistan. Currently, general assembly of the fighter has begun as scheduled at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, which marks a milestone of the co-production of this aircraft.
The Xiaolong fighter made a successful maiden flight on August 25, 2003 at the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group of the China Aviation Industry Corporation (CAIC). It is a multi-purpose light fighter aircraft, jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group of the CAIC and Pakistan. The aircraft has the comprehensive combat capability of a third generation fighter, and is lightweight and low-cost. This aircraft fully meets the requirements imposed by modern warfare and the market for military aircraft.