The PAC JF-17 Thunder, or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong, 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 Thunder" by Pakistan is short for "Joint Fighter-17", while the designation "FC-1 Xiaolong" by China means "Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon".
The JF-17 can carry a variety of munitions, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, which are supplemented by a 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon. The aircraft is powered by a RD-93 afterburning turbofan; it has a top speed of 1.6 Mach. The JF-17 is due to become the backbone of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), complementing the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon and the indefinitely delayed order for the Chengdu J-10. Pakistan has started induction of the aircraft and has 49 units in service (one lost in a crash), and 110 units are on order as of February 2014. The Pakistan Air Force inducted first squadron in February 2010 and second squadron in April 2011.