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Posted on 11/13/2011 8:43:07 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Pakistan offers cut-price fighter jet
DUBAI | Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:57am EST
DUBAI (Reuters) - Pakistan is pitching its new JF17 Thunder fighter jet, developed jointly with China, at an aggressive discount to dominant Western rivals, the country's defense minister said on Sunday.
"You can buy three of our aircraft for one F-16," Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar told Reuters at the Dubai Air Show, where the aircraft is being displayed.
He said that the producer, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, was not able to keep pace with the requirements of the air force.
"Three squadrons are already flying the aircraft in Pakistan and one squadron in China," he added.
Analysts expect the aircraft, which Mukhtar said was priced at $25-30 million, to be focused on emerging markets in Asia and Africa.
"Going to the (European) market is not very easy because you are cutting the profits of some other people," Mukhtar said.
He said the development of the aircraft was not targeted at archrival India.
"India need not worry -- it's
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What’s that leaking from the starboard wing???
Did Jed Clampett get off another lucky shot with that ole flintlock of his???
I heard he was shootin’ at some food (the other day), but this looks a little hard to field dress, much less get it to a processor...
The price of American hardware is dramatically higher than it could be. The contracts are larded down with rules and regulations supporting every politicians agenda. Minority set-asides, no lead, no cadmium, EPA, OSHA; the contracts go on for page after page unrelated to the hardware. They frequently require ludicrous, inappropriate testing. They require unrealistic failure rates; which the vendors regularly lie about. Then theres the way theyre bought. The military may give you a five year contract, but Congress only funds it one year at a time. That means the manufacturer cant risk investing in automation, so every item is built as a one-off.
Heck, you can buy 10 target drones for one F16. Not such a good deal, just 3 for 1.
The primary reason buying US arms is risky is because if America decides it doesn’t like your foreign or domestic policy, the US government is likely to cut you off from spare parts, upgrades, etc.
Buy from Russia or China and you never have to worry about that. You could massacre your own people on a daily basis, and Russian and China will sell you pretty much whatever you need as long as you can pay for it.
Pakistan, their prices are IN-SA-A-A-A-A-ANE!!!!
So then why is Pakistan still wanting to buy F-16s from the US?
Sorry, rhetorical question.
You remember when they tried to upgrade the P-51 airframe back in the 80’s??? A close support aircraft designed to be sold to central and south American countries, friendly to us of course...That looked like a sweet ride as well...
I stand to be corrected, but did they call it the P/A-61??? Or something like that???
Might go take a look for it here in a while...
Here it is, I was wrong on the designation in the last post...
I still like this version better...
But that rotorhead turbo engine the PA-48 uses intrigues me though...
I’d love to stop by that museum (I guess at Edwards AFB)where these aircraft are parked, just to see them...
I think yer F-20 would smoke it like a pack of Cool’s...hehehe, really I do...
You can also lose 3 of those aircrafts to 1 F-16.
“India need not worry — it's not India-specific. We are building very close relations with India.”
I dont think India is worried at all. You can probably get 5 of those Paki aircrafts for one Eurofighter/Rafale.
The JF-17 does have an American connection. It originated from a Chinese project with Grumman to upgrade their J-7 (Mig-21 copies) with Western avionics and weaponry.
About whether the F-20 would smoke it-the two aircraft are pretty analogous in capability.