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Fighter Comparison : MiG-29K VS JF-17 Thunder Block 2

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Background :

  • Both fighters belongs to the Multi Role Fighter Category .
  • JF-17 Block 2 is an LCA ( Light Combat Fighter ) while MiG-29K is a Medium weight category Carrier-borne fighter .
  • Both fighters are relatively cheaper to procure and maintain .
  • MIG-29K is one of the few Carrier-borne fighters operational around the world like F-18 Super Hornet , Su-33 , J-15  etc .
  • Both fighters offer all-weather Multi-Role capability and can carry a wide range of weapons including BVR ( Beyond-Visual-Range) & WVR  (Within-Visual-Range) missiles .
  • MiG-29K entered active service in 2010 and is now part of the Indian Navy’s carrier-borne Fighter fleet operating from Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya .
  • JF-17 Block 2 entered service  with Pakistan Air Force around 2016 .

So lets Compare the Specification of MiG-29K  & JF-17 Block 2 .

Unit Price :

JF-17 Block 2 :  28 million USD

MiG-29K :  40 million USD

Empty weight:

JF-17 Block 2  :  6,586 kg (14,520 lb)

MiG-29K : 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)

Max. takeoff weight:

JF-17 Block 2 : 13,494 kg (29,750 lb)

MiG-29K : 24,500 kg (54,000 lb)    

Useful Load :  ( Max Take Off Weight – Empty Weight ) 

JF-17 Block 2 : 6,908 kg (15,230 lb)

MiG-29K : 13,500 kg ( 29762  lb)     ( Better )

Powerplant :

JF-17 Block 2 : 1 × Klimov RD-93 Afterburning Turbofan,  85.3 kN Thrust

MiG-29K :  2 × Klimov RD-33MK Afterburning Turbofan, 88.3 kN Thrust for each engine

Maximum Speed : 

JF-17 Block 2 : Mach 1.6  ( 1,960.1 km/h; 1,217.9 mph )

MiG-29K : Mach 2+ (2,200 km/h, 1,370 mph)     ( Better )

Ferry Range : 

JF-17 Block 2 : 2037 km   ( Slightly better )

MiG-29K : 2000  km

Service ceiling :

JF-17 Block 2 : 16,916 m (55,500 ft)

MiG-29K : 17,500 m (57,400 ft)     ( Better )

Positive Limit Load Factor :

JF-17 Block 2 : 8 G

MiG-29K : 8 G

Thrust / Weight Ratio ( TWR ) :

JF-17 Block 2 : 0.95

MiG-29K : 0.97    ( Slightly better )

Air-to-Air Refueling :

JF-17 Block 2 : Yes ( Fixed Refueling Probe )

MiG-29K : Yes ( Retractable Refueling Probe )   ( Better )

Buddy-Refueling Capability : ( fighter can refuel other fighters )

JF-17 Block 2 : Not Available

MiG-29K : Available   ( Better )

Total No. of Hardpoints :

JF-17 Block 2 : 7

MiG-29K : 8   ( Better )

Max No. of External Drop Tanks  : 

JF-17 Block 2 : 3

MiG-29K : 3

Main Gun :

JF-17 Block 2  : 1× 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel cannon

MiG-29K :  1 × 30 mm GSh-301 auto-cannon with 150 rounds   ( Better )

On-Board Oxygen Generation System :

JF-17 Block 2 : Not Available

MiG-29K : Available   ( Better )

Fly By Wire (FBW) System : 

JF-17 Block 2 : Hybrid FBW

MiG-29K : Full 4-Axis FBW      ( Better )

Helmet Mounted Sight :

JF-17 Block 2 : Not Integrated. Planned to be integrated in JF-17 Block 3 .

MiG-29K : Yes , TopGun HMS Integrated .    ( Better )

High Off-Bore Sight (HOBS) Shoot Capability : 

JF-17 Block 2 : Not Available

MiG-29K : Available        ( Better )

Radar System : 

JF-17 Block 2 :  KLJ-7 V2 mechanically steered radar , can engage 2 Targets simultaneously in Air-to-Air mode .

MiG-29K :  Zhuk -ME electrically steered radar , can engage 4 Targets simultaneously in Air-to-Air mode. ( Better )

Conclusion :

From the above comparison , It is clear that Indian Navy MiG-29K would be more than a match for Pakistan Air Force’s JF-17 Block 2  in both WVR & BVR combat scenario .

 

Please Note :

This was a basic specification comparison between the MiG-29K & JF-17 Block 2 .

In case of any question/suggestion  , please drop us a comment down below .

* The data has been derived from the manufacturer websites of MiG-29K & JF-17 Block 2 .

 

 

 

 

 

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