ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday achieved another landmark in the defence production sector, when Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Qatar Emiri Air Force signed an agreement for supply of Super Mushshak Aircraft to the brotherly nation.
The trainer aircraft supply contract signing ceremony was held at Doha, where General Salem Hamid Al Nabet, Commander Air Academy Qatar and Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik, Deputy Chairman PAC signed the papers representing their respective nations, a PAF news release stated.
Earlier this year, Pakistan’s JF-17 got vast exposure in an air show held at the Menara Air Force base in Morocco.
Some 56 countries are participating in the air show with forty air chiefs attending, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, offering Pakistan’s JF-17 enormous exposure in the African continent for the first time.
A JF-17 business division team led by Air Vice Marshal Arshad Mehmood Malik held an impressive presentation of the equipment and services offered by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) at the international air show, said a message received here.
This was the first presentation by the team in Africa and was arranged by the Embassy of Pakistan, Rabat.
The JF-17 team is visiting Morocco on the invitation of Pakistan’s ambassador to Morocco Nadir Chaudhri.
In his comprehensive presentation entitled ‘Cutting Edge Capabilities at Affordable Cost’ AVM Malik highlighted the products offered by the PAC, including the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet and maintenance facilities, particularly for Mirage fighter jets.
Talking to the media, Ambassador Nadir Chaudhri said the JF-17 project was initiated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and it is his priority that it is showcased around the world. “This project is the pride of Pakistan” he added.
AVM Malik paid rich tributes to the ambassador for inviting the PAC team to Morocco.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2016.