According to the state media reports, Yang Wei, a Chinese legislator and chief designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet said the development and production of the JF-17 Block 3 were underway and the aim was to enhance the jet's informatized warfare capability and weapons.
The F-16 was part of the two dozen fighter aircraft that PAF had scrambled during the dogfight with the IAF.
The current version is said to be a contender of India’s indigenously developed Tejas aircraft.
Pakistan is the main user of the JF-17.
Wei said with the new modifications, Pakistan could further share information between the fighter and other platforms, taking advantage of the whole combat system to defend against opponents such as India.
The JF-17 is often described by its manufacturer and military observers as an advanced and cost-effective fighter.
"It is currently contending with India's Tejas and South Korea's FA-50 in Malaysia's new fighter jet purchase plan, with the JF-17 being the most competitive option," Wei said.
Myanmar and Nigeria have reportedly purchased this fighter aircraft.
According to the tabloid, the JF-17 is often described by its manufacturer and military observers as an advanced but also a cost-effective fighter.