|Dimensions and weight|
|Wing span||8.5 m|
|Weight (empty)||6.4 t|
|Weight (maximum take off)||12.7 t|
|Engines and performance|
|Engines||1 x Klimov RD-93|
|Traction (dry / with afterburning)||49.4 / 84.4 kN|
|Maximum speed||~ 2 200 km/h|
|Service ceiling||16.7 km|
|Ferry range||3 000 km|
|Combat radius||1 350 km|
|Cannon||1 x 23-mm / 30-mm|
|Missiles||PL-12 medium-range; PL-7, PL-8, PL-9, AIM-9P short-range|
|Bombs||general purpose or laser-guided bombs|
The aircraft delivered to Pakistan come with Italian Grifo Doppler radar of S-7 multi-track multimode pulse variety. Other types of radar can also be fitted on the aircraft. Later production with see upgrades on their avionics systems. The JF-17 is designed to support air defense and undergo attack missions. It is equipped with twin-barrel cannon, either of single 23 mmGSh-23 variety or GSh-30 one. It has a maximum weapon payload of 3.7 t.
The aircraft has five hardpoints and two wingtips, either for missiles or for fuel tanks. Its attack capability is beyond visual range. For the primary weapon, it uses Chinese PL-12/SD-10 air-to-air missiles of medium range, complete with active radar assistance. It is also fitted with short-range Chinese PL-7, PL-8, PL-9, or US-AIM-9P, mounted on its wingtip rails. In addition, the aircraft can also carry laser-guided bombs. However, it misses the capability of in-flight refueling. An improved version of the aircraft entered production in 2013. Improvements included systems of countermeasures as well as the capability if in-flight refueling.