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  • Pakistan looks to boost military export with revamped JF-17

    12/07/2014 2:26:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | December 7, 2014
    A revamped version of JF-17 jet fighter took centre stage at 8th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in Karachi this week as the country looks to boost its role as a military exporter on the world stage. Pakistan’s military has long been a major importer of defence equipment, particularly from key ally China. But the country is hoping the updated JF-17, conceived and initially developed with the help of China, along with Pakistani-made tanks and surveillance drones, will help grow military exports and bring in much-needed foreign exchange revenue. The country’s forex reserves are slowly recovering after falling to...
  • This Is the Ultimate MiG-21 (Pakistani JF-17 builds on classic warplane)

    03/29/2014 7:10:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 22/03/2014 | David Axe
    In 1989, the Chinese Chengdu Aerospace Corporation unveiled a major upgrade for its locally-made F-7 jet fighter, a licensed copy of the classic Soviet MiG-21. The new F-7 variant moved the engine air intake from the nose tip to the sides of the fuselage, making room in the nose for a more powerful radar. Twenty-one years later, this upgrade—now named JF-17 Thunder—is flying combat missions with the Pakistani air force, so far its sole user. Further enhanced with a new wing, a cutting-edge intake design and a new, more powerful engine, the JF-17 is Pakistan’s most important front-line fighter—and a...
  • Saudi eyeing Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter jet, modeled from U.S. F-16

    01/23/2014 9:03:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | January 23rd, 2014
    BU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been examining the prospect of becoming a partner in Pakistan’s fighter jet program. Officials said the Saudi Defense Ministry has been reviewing Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter jet program. The officials said representatives of the ministry as well as the Royal Saudi Air Force were examining the feasibility of procuring JF-17 as part of cooperation with Islamabad. “This project could provide the kingdom with technology that could be used in future projects,” an official said. On Jan. 20, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Salman Bin Sultan visited Pakistan and toured the JF-17 project, modeled after the...
  • Pakistan and China prove powerful combination in aviation

    11/25/2013 10:12:26 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The National, UAE ^ | November 25, 2013 | Syed Fazl-e-Haider
    KARACHI, PAKISTAN // Last week’s Dubai Airshow showed the extent of Pakistan’s cooperation with China on aviation and defence. The JF-17 Thunder aircraft put up by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for display in the air show have been jointly developed by Pakistan and China. With its advanced design and state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, the JF-17 has the combat capability of a third-generation fighter plane and is on a par with the world’s most advanced light fighter jets. China, which has now emerged as a tough competitor challenging the United States, Russia, France and Britain and other long-time exporters in the international...
  • Pakistan Has Export Plans for Jet Fighter Produced With China

    11/18/2013 12:57:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The New York Times Blogs ^ | November 17, 2013 | GERRY DOYLE
    The market for the JF-17 fighter appears to be expanding in unexpected ways. At the Dubai Airshow, which opened on Sunday, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex had a freshly minted example on display, complete with an array of Chinese-made missiles and bombs. The Pakistani company jointly produces the plane with China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation; the fighter is seen as one of China’s efforts to move up the value chain in arms exports. But according to recent news reports, Pakistan has plans to export the aircraft itself. Who would buy a plane like this — equivalent to a “fourth-generation” fighter like...
  • Many countries express interest in JF-17 Thunder

    05/25/2013 1:25:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    China Daily ^ | May 24, 2013 | Zhao Lei
    Many countries express interest in JF-17 Thunder Numerous countries are interested in obtaining a fighter jet jointly developed by Pakistan and China, said a senior officer of the Pakistan air force. "We've been receiving inquiries and expressions of interest on the JF-17 Thunder from many countries in the Middle East, Africa and even as far as South America," Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, told China Daily on Thursday. The JF-17 Thunder - or the FC-1 Fierce Dragon as it's known in China - is a third-generation multipurpose combat jet co-developed by Aviation Industry...
  • IN FOCUS: China awaits fighter export breakthrough

    07/02/2012 8:13:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/03/2012 | Greg Waldron
    IN FOCUS: China awaits fighter export breakthrough The atmosphere in the Dubai air show briefing room in November 2011 was electric. Journalists occupied every seat and photographers squeezed into the back of the room. Also present were a dozen senior Pakistan air force officials, who were forced to stand along one wall, as well as several Chinese executives in business suits. The occasion was a briefing about the Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder fighter. Sharpshot gallery on AirSpace The Pakistani air force is the first customer for the JF-17 Yang Wei, the designer of the JF-17, Chengdu J-10 and China's...
  • CATIC offers JF-17 to Africa, Middle East

    06/02/2012 3:13:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Defence Web ^ | 31 May 2012
    CATIC offers JF-17 to Africa, Middle East China is looking to Africa and the Middle East to buy its JF-17 Thunder fighter jet, and anticipates countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Sudan, Venezuela, Turkey and Sri Lanka ordering 300 aircraft over the next five years. A spokesman from China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) told Flightglobal that, "In the next five years, CATIC intends to sell up to 300 JF-17s to several countries in Africa and the Middle East". "CATIC sales and customer support teams are highly motivated and CATIC is looking forward to making the...
  • Pakistan offers cut-price fighter jet

    11/13/2011 8:43:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 13, 2011
    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...
  • China Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets

    05/24/2011 2:18:28 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/19/11 | Jane Perlez
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday.
  • Pakistan's time-tested friend

    05/21/2011 9:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Gulf News, UAE ^ | May 22, 2011 | Farhan Bokhari
    Pakistan's time-tested friend Farhan Bokhari writes: China's sale of 50 fighter planes to Islamabad will strengthen their six-decade-old bilateral ties By Farhan Bokhari, Special to Gulf News Published: 00:01 May 22, 2011 China's decision to use the trip by Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for announcing a ‘quick delivery' of up to 50 fighter planes to its South Asian partner, must not come as a surprise to anyone. For long, Beijing has built up its ties with Pakistan through repeated support for the country in a range of ways, notably through generous military assistance and economic support. At a...
  • China Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets

    05/19/2011 5:58:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 1+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | May 19, 2011 | JANE PERLEZ
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday. China and Pakistan have jointly produced the JF-17 aircraft, but the new planes would be equipped with more sophisticated avionics, the officials said. The latest jet fighters would be paid for by China, they said. The announcement came as Pakistan’s already tense relations with the United States soured further after the killing of Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan on May 2. Last week, Pakistan’s...
  • Pakistan hopeful of JF-17 delivery within 6 months: Mukhtar (new Chinese fighters)

    05/20/2011 5:34:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Pakistan hopeful of JF-17 delivery within 6 months: Mukhtar By AFP Published: May 20, 2011 BEIJING: Pakistan hopes to take delivery within the next six months of 50 JF-17 fighter jets manufactured jointly with China, Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar said Friday during a visit to Beijing. Mukhtar made the comments on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who was wrapping up a four-day visit to China. “We think there is a good deal,” said Mukhtar, who put the price of each JF-17, or Thunder, aircraft at $20-25 million “as compared...
  • China to give Pakistan 50 JF-17 aircrafts (emergency purchase)

    05/18/2011 7:40:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    China to give Pakistan 50 JF-17 aircrafts BEIJING: China will give 50 JF-17 aircrafts to Pakistan on emergency basis while reaffirming to standby Pakistan. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani met his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on Wednesday. Both Gilani and Jiabao discussed bilateral relations, strategic matters and host of other issues, including Abbottabad operation. The two leaders also discussed Abbottabad operation and its after affects on the regional situation, according to media reports. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Wednesday reaffirmed two countries will maintain an all-weather friendship. The two prime ministers agreed in principle...
  • China, Pak JF-17 enters serial production stage

    02/08/2011 11:49:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    PTI via Brahmand.com ^ | 2/9/2011 | PTI via Brahmand.com
    The Pakistan-China JF-17 Thunder combat jet programme has entered the serial production stage, with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday describing the venture as the "flagship" of the strategic and defence cooperation between the two 'all-weather' allies. "This project can truly be termed as the flagship of our historic cooperation and its success would certainly strengthen our time-tested friendship," Gilani said while addressing a gathering of Pakistani and Chinese technicians during a visit to the JF-17 production facility at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra. Gilani said the Thunder combat jet programme has entered the serial production stage. Pakistan Air...
  • Pakistan to build radar for JF-17 'Thunder' fighter

    12/24/2010 9:07:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Jane's Defence ^ | 24 December 2010 | Farhan Bokhari
    Pakistan to build radar for JF-17 'Thunder' fighter By Farhan Bokhari 24 December 2010 The chief of staff of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has told Jane's that Pakistan has built its first facility to manufacture radars for fighter aircraft. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said the indigenously produced radar, built with China's assistance at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), in Kamra, north of Islamabad, would equip the JF-17 'Thunder' fighter aircraft jointly produced by the two countries. "This is a major step forward. This will be the first such [radar manufacturing] facility in Pakistan," ACM Suleman said in...
  • Pakistan Expands Fighter Force

    12/21/2010 8:51:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Dec 21, 2010 | Robert Wall
    Pakistan Expands Fighter Force Dec 21, 2010 By Robert Wall London The Pakistani air force is gearing up for a major expansion of its JF-17 single-engine fighter force. The service just began taking delivery of the first batch of Chengdu FC-1/JF-17s (now produced in Pakistan) this year, with about half of the 42 ordered now in place. With one squadron operational, service officials now plan to set up a second unit. What’s more, the Pakistani government hopes to order a second batch of 50 fighters next year, says Air Commo.Junaid, who is involved in the JF-17 project. Pakistan is looking...
  • Success of jet fighter project roars like 'Thunder'

    12/19/2010 8:05:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    China Daily ^ | 2010-12-18 | Ai Yang
    Success of jet fighter project roars like 'Thunder' By Ai Yang (China Daily) Neighbors consider cooperation on road and railway construction BEIJING - Jets, roads, railways and civilian nuclear facilities are among the projects of cooperation between Beijing and Islamabad, said Pakistan's top envoy to China. "The JF-17 (a combat aircraft developed by China and Pakistan) is a prized asset for China and Pakistan, and now we have the platform of cooperation. We'd like to further develop it," Masood Khan, Pakistani ambassador to China, said in an exclusive interview with China Daily prior to Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to the...
  • Capabilities & sale of JF-17 fighter (Pakistan)

    12/07/2010 8:53:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Pakistan Observer ^ | December 08, 2010 | Ayaz A Khan
    Capabilities & sale of JF-17 fighter Air Marshal Ayaz A Khan (R) The first JF-17 Thunder squadron was inducted into the PAF in 2009. The induction 150 of state of the art Pak-China built JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, will enhance operational capability of Pakistan Air Force. With improved performance for ground attack and air defense, Pakistani air power should be able to destroy the terrorist net works in North Waziristan, and elsewhere in FATA along the Pak-Afghan border. With electronic and visual detection systems and precision weapons, stocks of illegal munitions hidden by the criminals in caves could be blasted,...
  • Pakistan Sought French Accessories, Settled For Chinese

    12/01/2010 7:04:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/25/2010 | The Strategy Page
    2010: After unsuccessful attempts to obtain Western electronics for its new JF-17 jet fighter, Pakistan has announced that it will use Chinese gear instead. China initially offered to fit out the JF-17s with electronics and weapons, but the Pakistanis were leery of the untried Chinese equipment. Meanwhile, India and the United States pressured France not to allow Pakistan to buy advanced radars and other electronics for the Pakistani built JF-17 jet fighter. This was because China did most of the development on the JF-17, and Chinese personnel would be involved in any effort to install French electronics in these aircraft....
  • Out With The Russian, In With The Superior Chinese Copy

    11/30/2010 10:10:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/30/2010 | The Strategy Page
    China is replacing the engines in its J-10 fighter, installing the Chinese made WS-10A in place of Russian made AL-31F. The Chinese consider the WS-10A a superior engine to the AL-31F, even though the WS-10A copied a lot of the Russian technology. As delivered from Russia, the AL-31 is good for 900 hours of operation. Chinese engineers figured out how to tweak the design of the engine so that it lasted for 1,500 hours. This feat is part of a growing trend. At first, decades ago, China simply figured out how to build Russian weapons they had bought. But in...
  • Chinese Jets Today At Bygone Price

    11/22/2010 7:52:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Nov 22, 2010
    Chinese Jets Today At Bygone Price Nov 22, 2010 By Staff ZHUHAI, CHINA– Airshow China is hosting the first international demonstration of the Chengdu JF-17/FC-1, flown here by a team from the Pakistan air force. Officials from China’s Aviation Industries of China (Avic) and China Aero-Technology Import Export Corporation (Catic) tell Aviation Week that despite the low price of the aircraft, it is not a low-tech piece of equipment, but rather a “21st century product.” Catic Vice President Zeng Wen told Show News “one of the most impressive features of the JF-17 is its diverterless air inlets – negating the...
  • Beijing in talks with at least six buyers for JF-17s

    11/22/2010 7:59:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Choi Chi-yuk | Choi Chi-yuk
    Beijing in talks with at least six buyers for JF-17s Low-cost fighter jets spur interest from developing nations at show Choi Chi-yuk in Zhuhai Nov 19, 2010 At least half a dozen potential buyers are negotiating with Beijing to purchase JF-17 Thunders, fighter jets jointly manufactured by the mainland and neighbouring Pakistan, during the ongoing week-long air show in Zhuhai . Without specifying which countries were considering the aircraft, Zeng Wen , vice-president of the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp (CATIC), was quoted by Flightglobal.com, the website of British aerospace weekly Flight International, as saying: "We're talking with...
  • 'Chinese AWACS will revolutionise air defence'(Pakistan)

    11/21/2010 5:24:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Press Trust of India (PTI) ^ | Nov 21,2010 | Rezaul H Laskar
    'Chinese AWACS will revolutionise air defence' Rezaul H Laskar Islamabad, Nov 21 (PTI) The induction of Chinese-made airborne warning and control system aircraft in the Pakistan Air Force beginning next year will bring about a "revolution" in air defence operations, the air force chief said today. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, currently on a visit to China, told state-run APP news agency that his force has plans to induct four Shaanxi ZDK-03 AWACS aircraft in its inventory. Suleman recently attended the roll out ceremony in Hanzhong for the first ZDK-03 aircraft designed specifically for PAF. He said countries without...
  • Pakistan to arm fighter jets with Chinese missiles .

    11/17/2010 11:45:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies
    Times Online ^ | 11/18/2010 | Mohideen Mifthah
    Pakistan has confirmed it will buy Chinese missiles and flight systems to equip its 250 JF-17 Thunder jet fighters as it seeks to deepen military cooperation with Beijing, state media said Thursday. Rao Qamar Suleman, air chief marshal of the Pakistan Air Force, told the Global Times newspaper Chinese radar systems and SD-10 mid-range homing missiles would be used on the fighters co-developed by the two nations. “PAF has no plans to install Western devices and weapons on the aircraft for the time being,” the newspaper quoted Suleman as saying. Pakistan may also buy up to four Chinese surface-to-air missiles,...
  • Zhuhai10: China in talks with several potential JF-17 customers

    11/17/2010 3:40:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 17/11/10 | Greg Waldron
    Zhuhai10: China in talks with several potential JF-17 customers By Greg Waldron China is in discussions about selling the Chengdu Aircraft/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder fighter to up to eight countries. The third-generation, single-engine fighter, which was jointly developed by Pakistan and China, is being pitched as a replacement for several existing types. These include the RSK MiG-21, Dassault Mirage 5, Northrop F-5 and Chinese models, such as the Nanchang A-5 and Chengdu F-7. “We’re talking with six to eight countries about the JF-17,” says Zeng Wen, vice-president of the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC), which markets...
  • A force to be reckoned with (Egyptian Air Force)

    08/09/2010 7:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 9 August 2010
    A force to be reckoned with Posted on 9 August 2010 in Defence The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) or Al Quwwat Al Jawwiya Il Misriya, is one of the largest air arms in the region and is also one of the longest established. Formed in 1930 as the Egyptian Army Air Force, it became fully independent in 1937. Initially it had close links with the British Royal Air Force and was primarily equipped with British-supplied aircraft. Spitfires gave way to Meteors and Vampires before the 1952 revolution, after which the new president, General Gamal Abdel Nasser, turned to the Soviet...
  • China-made planes set to soar onto world market

    07/23/2010 3:17:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 1+ views
    China Daily ^ | July 21, 2010
    China-made planes set to soar onto world market Chinese planes can make a "significant impact" on the world arms market, said an expert of a leading think tank. Two JF-17s, co-produced by China and Pakistan, have just made their international debut at an ongoing major international air show. Gary Li, who analyzes the People's Liberation Army for London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, also told China Daily that the Chinese air force is already "one of the strongest" in the world. "Currently China is engaged in a very rapid series of aircraft upgrades and diversification," Li said, noting that the...
  • China-Pak in MoU to Develop Variant on JF-17 Thunder (stealth)

    07/20/2010 1:15:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Outlook India ^ | Jul 19, 2010 | Sujit Chatterjee
    China-Pak in MoU to Develop Variant on JF-17 Thunder Sujit Chatterjee/Farnborough Jul 19, 2010 China and Pakistan have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a stealth version of a light-weight fighter aircraft being jointly produced by them to match MiG-21 warplane, a work horse of the Indian Air Force. JF-17 Thunder, also known as FC-1, being jointly built by Kamra-based Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Chengdu Aerospace Company (CAC) today made its first appearance at an international air show having flown in here after making refueling stops in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The plane, which has been in...
  • FARNBOROUGH: Pakistan and China eye export JF-17 customers

    07/19/2010 8:33:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Daily News ^ | 19/07/10 | Siva Govindasamy
    FARNBOROUGH: Pakistan and China eye export JF-17 customers By Siva Govindasamy China and Pakistan are eyeing international customers for their Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 fighter, which is making its Western air show debut at Farnborough. The countries jointly developed the aircraft, with the Pakistani air force receiving its first Chinese-manufactured examples in 2009. PAC also began indigenous assembly of the aircraft last year, and could incorporate western avionics, radars and other systems into the fighter from 2012. Pakistan could have around 28 JF-17s in service by year-end, and eventually induct up to 250. Both Pakistan and China are keen...
  • Made-in-China airplanes may undermine sales of Russian high quality jets

    07/05/2010 9:16:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 3+ views
    RT ^ | 7/5/2010 | RT.com
    Russian and Chinese weapons manufacturers are clashing head on within the international arms market as China’s new fighter jet seems to be a cheaper imitation of the Russian original. The deal is facing opposition from Russian aircraft manufacturers, such as Mikhail Pogosyan, the head of the MiG and Sukhoi aviation holding, who said that the FC-1 is extremely close, if not the same, as the Russian-made MiG-29. Pogosyan claimed that FC-1 is a direct competitor to Russia's MiG-29 and the deal would incur losses for the Russian manufacturers. A source quoted by the Kommersant newspaper said there are significant price...
  • China-Pakistan nuclear deal: Why the surprise?

    06/22/2010 5:27:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    Rediff.com ^ | 6/22/2010 | Harsh V Pant.
    China will reportedly make a statement on its decision to supply two more nuclear reactors to Pakistan during the meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group this week in New Zealand . The Indian government has suggested it will be trying to call Beijing's bluff by exposing the underlying flaws in China's argument in support of such a deal. New Delhi has also made its reservations known to Beijing through diplomatic channels. But should it really come as a surprise that China is trying its best to maintain nuclear parity between India and Pakistan? After all, this is what China has...
  • Pakistan launches avionics production line for JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft

    05/29/2010 10:15:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 389+ views
    Sify News ^ | 5/29/2010 | Sify News
    Pakistan has started the production of avionics and other important gadgets for the JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. The equipments for the combat jets would be produced at the Kamra based Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the production line for the latest avionics, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman described the project as a step forward in making the PAF 'self-reliant.' "A strong air force is essential for the country's survival, therefore, it is important that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) gets self-reliant. Today's ceremony is an important step in...
  • France suspends arms supply to Pakistan

    04/05/2010 9:42:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 226+ views
    Economic Times ^ | 04/05/2010 | Economic Times
    India’s concerns about increasing military aid to Pakistan might not bother the Obama administration but the Sarkozy government is apparently taking note. A report in French newspaper Le Monde claimed that France has decided to suspend the sale of electronics and missiles under pressure from India and due to concerns about Pakistan’s finances and for protecting sensitive technology. The missiles, according to the report, were part of the first segment of a 6 billion euro contract. “It’s a deal that’s not ready from the Pakistani side,” the report quoted a source at President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office. “For now, the state...
  • France says arms sale to Pakistan held up

    04/02/2010 11:59:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/3//2010 | Sophie Hardach
    France's plan to sell 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) worth of military equipment for Pakistan's JF-17 combat aircraft has been held up, a source at President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said on Friday.Newspaper Le Monde had reported earlier that France decided to suspend the sale of electronics and missiles -- the first section of a 6 billion euro contract -- under pressure from India and uncertainty over Pakistan's finances. "It's a deal that's not ready from the Pakistani side," the source said, without giving further details. "For now, the state of the dossier doesn't allow us to carry on with it."...
  • France says arms sale to Pakistan held up

    04/02/2010 10:50:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 277+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 2, 2010 | Sophie Hardach & Yann Le Guernigou
    France says arms sale to Pakistan held up PARIS, April 2 (Reuters) - France's plan to sell 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) worth of military equipment for Pakistan's JF-17 combat aircraft has been held up, a source at President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said on Friday. Stocks Newspaper Le Monde had reported earlier that France decided to suspend the sale of electronics and missiles -- the first section of a 6 billion euro contract -- under pressure from India and uncertainty over Pakistan's finances. "It's a deal that's not ready from the Pakistani side," the source said, without giving further details....
  • Pak Air Force begins "High Mark 2010" exercise

    03/16/2010 12:57:57 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 478+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/16/2010 | Brahmand.com
    Pakistan Air Force formally commenced a country-wide exercise aimed at conducting operations in a "near-realistic tactical environment" and integrating its new acquisitions like the JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft and Saab 2000 AWACS into its fleet. The manoeuvre, codenamed "High Mark 2010" began with Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman disseminating the "air tasking orders" to all PAF units on Monday. The exercise will cover the whole of Pakistan, from Skardu in the north to the Arabian Sea in the south. The PAF’s new inductions, including the JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, Saab 2000 airborne warning and control aircraft and Il-78 air-to-air...
  • Egypt mulls JF-17 co-production and signs for more F-16s

    03/05/2010 6:50:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1,038+ views
    Janes Defence Weekly ^ | 03/04/2010 | Mohammed Najib
    Egypt mulls JF-17 co-production and signs for more F-16s According to Jane's Defence Weekly (Date Posted: 04-Mar-2010) Egypt is in talk with Pakistan on the co-production of the JF-17. If the deal goes through it will represent a major milestone for this program. Mohammed Najib JDW Correspondent Ramallah Cairo is in talks with Pakistan to begin joint production of JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, Jane's understands from Egyptian defence industry sources. Even as the talks continued regarding JF-17 assembly in Egypt, however, the US Department of Defense announced on 2 March that an initial contract worth some USD213 million had been...
  • France And The Radar Thieves

    02/24/2010 10:48:31 PM PST · by myknowledge · 479+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | February 22, 2010
    India and the United States are pressuring France not to allow Pakistan to buy advanced radars and other electronics for the Pakistani built JF-17 jet fighter. This is because China did most of the development on the JF-17, and Chinese personnel would be involved in any effort to install French electronics in these aircraft. China has a brazen reputation for stealing foreign technology, and putting high tech French electronics into Pakistani JF-17s, is seen as just giving the stuff to China. Pakistan also has a reputation for passing on military technology it had promised to hold close. While the Chinese...
  • First Squadron of JF-17 Thunder inducted in PAF

    02/19/2010 12:02:48 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 887+ views
    Associated Press of Pakistan ^ | 2/18/2010 | Associated Press of Pakistan
    Another major milestone was achieved when the first Squadron of JF-17 Thunder formally joined fighter aircraft fleet of Pakistan Air Force on Thursday.A ceremony for the formal induction of JF-17 Thunder aircraft was held at one of the PAF’s operational bases. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was chief guest on the occasion. The Chief of the Air Staff addressing the Airmen congratulated the nation and the PAF personnel on the momentous occasion. “The formal induction of JF-17 aircraft in the PAF is in line with our resolve to face all challenges...
  • French JF-17 Deal Could Anger India

    02/18/2010 8:12:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 495+ views
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Feb 18, 2010 | Michael A. Taverna
    French JF-17 Deal Could Anger India Feb 18, 2010 By Michael A. Taverna Paris Politics could yet derail French industry aspirations to upgrade Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter aircraft, even as the two sides near conclusion of a deal for the program. While the project is supported by the administration of French President ­Nicolas Sarkozy, reactions in New Delhi and Washington will also influence its fate . The U.S. is concerned about technology leakage to China, and India is already a lucrative market for French industry. Enthusiasm for the JF-17 upgrade could be tempered if there were signals that this might jeopardize...
  • East meets West – Pakistan‘s Fighter Aircraft

    12/10/2009 12:06:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 734+ views
    Defence Professionals ^ | December 8, 2009 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    East meets West – Pakistan‘s Fighter Aircraft US-built fighter aircraft operating next to Chinese combat jets 08:02 GMT, December 8, 2009 defpro.com | Not many modern armed forces unite in their inventory, and particularly among their key assets, technology from two – in political terms – entirely opposite origins. It is more common in the countries of the former Soviet bloc where, since the fall of the iron curtain, Western technology slowly but ever increasingly found its way into countries primarily equipped with Russian weapon systems. In the past two decades the Middle East and southern countries of the Asian...
  • Pakistan rolls out jet fighter produced with Chinese assistance

    11/23/2009 10:09:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 1,699+ views
    Pakistan rolls out jet fighter produced with Chinese assistance Islamabad - Pakistan on Monday celebrated the rollout of a multi-purpose jet fighter manufactured in the country under a joint venture with China. The first locally produced JF-17 Thunder made its debut at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, a small garrison town some 65 kilometres north-west of Islamabad. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani described the launch as "a milestone" that placed Pakistan among an elite club of nations that manufacture fighter aircraft. Pakistan had signed a development contract with China's Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation in June 1999, and the co-produced...
  • Pakistan in Chinese fighter jet deal

    11/10/2009 11:27:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 466+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 11/10/2009 | Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad
    China has agreed to sell Pakistan at least 36 advanced fighter jets in a deal worth as much as $1.4bn, according to Pakistani and western officials. Beijing will supply two squadrons of the J-10 fighter jet in a preliminary agreement that could lead to more sales, said a Pakistani official. The official said Pakistan might buy “larger numbers” of the multi-role aircraft in the future, but dismissed reports that Islamabad had signed a deal to purchase as many as 150 of the fighter jets. Defence experts described the agreement with China as a landmark event in Pakistan’s defence relationship with...
  • China's AVIC steps up sales push for FC-1, J-10 fighters

    09/30/2009 11:21:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 681+ views
    Flight International ^ | 30/09/09 | Siva Govindasamy
    China's AVIC steps up sales push for FC-1, J-10 fighters By Siva Govindasamy China plans to market the Chengdu FC-1/JF-17 and J-10 fighters aggressively as part of its plan to become a major player in the global aerospace industry. "While AVIC's main job is to manufacture aircraft, the company also fulfils a national agenda by producing military aircraft for China's political allies around the world," says a source close to Chengdu's state-owned parent company. "There are also countries that would like to buy a good fighter, but not at the cost of a Western fighter. "While China's military aircraft have...
  • Pakistan begins domestic final assembly of JF-17

    07/01/2009 1:46:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 2,841+ views
    Flight International ^ | 01/07/09 | Siva Govindasamy
    Pakistan begins domestic final assembly of JF-17 By Siva Govindasamy Pakistan has begun the final assembly of the first Chengdu Aircraft/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 fighter to be produced in the country, and aims to have the first flight by end-2009. Islamabad collaborated with China in the design and development, and received its first two JF-17s in March 2007. It has since taken delivery of around a dozen JF-17s, which China has designated as the FC-1, says the Pakistani air force. While PAC had work-share in the earlier examples and tried some limited assembly at its facilities in Kamra, Chengdu Aircraft...
  • Pakistan Updates F-16s, Builds JF-17s

    06/29/2009 7:25:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 503+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 6/29/2009 | Graham Warwick
    Pakistan Updates F-16s, Builds JF-17s Posted by Graham Warwick 6/29/2009 9:52 AM CDT Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI, aka Tusas) says it has finally signed the deal to upgrade Pakistan's F-16A/Bs. The contract, worth around $75 million, is to install Mid Life Update kits and structural modifications in 42 F-16s over 46 months beginning in October 2010 - about two years later than originally planned. Pakistan is also to receive 18 new F-16C/Ds beginning in 2010. JF-17s (Photo via Wikipedia) The chief of Pakistan's air force, meanwhile, says production of the JF-17 lightweight fighter codeveloped with China will begin at the...
  • Pakistan's New (JF-17)Fighter Jets Can Change Balance

    04/29/2009 11:17:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 3,360+ views
    www.daily.pk ^ | 28 April 2009 | a
    Pakistan's New Fighter Jets Can Change Balance The Impact Of Pakistan’s First Indigenous JF-17 Thunder Written by www.daily.pk Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:55 Squadron Deployment The manufacturing and deployment in Peshawar was done in a record time, one of the shortest time lines in the history of aviation. Now the Sri Lankans can have as many planes they want to fight the Indian sponsored Tamil terrorists. And the Middle Eastern Air Forces can begin flying the JF-17 Thunders without begging the U.S. And the small countries of Africa can own their own JF-17 Thunders without selling their souls to the...
  • Pakistan marketing its new JF-17 fighter jet, developed with China

    03/27/2009 4:50:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies · 2,230+ views
    World Tribune ^ | March 25, 2009
    Pakistan marketing its new JF-17 fighter jet, developed with China LONDON — Pakistan is making the rounds of Arab allies talking about its new fighter-jet. Officials said Pakistan has briefed such countries as Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Sudan on the new fighter, jointly developed with China. Under an agreement with Beijing, a majority of the JF-17 could be produced and assembled in Pakistan. "The airplane would reach close to the capabilities of existing U.S. and Russian aircraft, but for about half the price," an official said. Pakistani Defense Secretary Shahid Siddiq said eight countries have expressed...
  • Pakistan to get 100 fighter jets from China, US

    09/07/2008 9:59:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 881+ views
    Press Trust Of India ^ | September 7,2008
    Pak to get 100 fighter jets from China, US Islamabad, Sept 7 (PTI) Pakistan will acquire over 100 fighter jets from China and the US as well as airborne warning and air-to-air refuelling aircraft to maintain numerical parity with the Indian Air Force which enjoys a "qualitative advantage", the country's air force chief has said. Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed said the Pakistan Air Force was "very close" to signing a contract with China for serial production of 42 JF-17 fighter jets. It would also acquire two squadrons or 36 of the FC-20 multi-role fighters from China and 18...