Our staff reporter ISLAMABAD - The induction of JF-17 Thunder into PAF combat fleet will go a long way in the history of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pak-China strategic relations, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said on Wednesday. Addressing 11th International Fighter Conference in United Kingdom (UK), the Air Chief said the JF-17 project was indeed a great achievement for the PAF and was an outright reflection of PAFs inbuilt strength; technological acumen and perseverance of its personnel, who had made this dream come true. In the conference Pakistan Air Force delivered a comprehensive presentation on Development and Service-entry of the JF-17 Aircraft into PAF, said a press release issued here. He said the PAF had come a long way from a small force in its formative years to a modern, war experienced and efficient air force. This progressive journey had resulted in the indigenous development of JF-17 Thunder aircraft. The programme underwent various challenges which were successfully overcome by our committed operational and technical teams. Resultantly, performance of the aircraft has far exceeded our expectations. In terms of gains, JF-17 project has provided cutting edge operational capabilities at an affordable cost. The project worked under the direct supervision of Chiefs of the Air Staff, PAF. The success of the programme from conception to fruition is a tribute to successive air chiefs who nurtured it. Co-produced with our all-weather friend China, the aircraft offers the best replacement for PAFs ageing fleet which is currently more than 75 per cent of its inventory, he said. In addition to providing affordable replacement of vintage fighter aircraft, the project was helping countrys national economy by providing job opportunities to a large number of civilian population through in-country production.