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Originally posted by Retseh
It looks to be a better bet than the Indian HAL Tejas - it will be VERY interesting to see these 2 in combat against each other - interesting and likely.
The tailless, compound-delta planform helps keep the Tejas small and lightweight — in fact, it is reputed to be the smallest and lightest 4th-generation combat jet in the world. The use of this planform also minimises the control surfaces needed (no tailplanes or foreplanes, just a single vertical tailfin), permits carriage of a wider range of external stores, and confers better close-combat, high-speed, and high-alpha performance characteristics than comparable cruciform-wing designs.
Extensive wind tunnel testing on scale models and complex computational fluid dynamics analyses have optimised the aerodynamic configuration of the LCA, giving it minimum supersonic drag, a low wing-loading, and high rates of roll and pitch.
PAF seeks more JF-17 fighters
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aims to acquire 200-250 JF-17 Thunder (FC-1) fighter aircraft in place of the 150 originally envisaged, the country's air force...