'Pakistan to send astronauts into space in two years'

Published: December 7, 2017
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman addressing AirTech’17 Conference at Air University in Islamabad on Thursday. PHOTO: INP

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman addressing AirTech’17 Conference at Air University in Islamabad on Thursday. PHOTO: INP

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has announced that Pakistan will be able to send astronauts into space with the collaboration of China in the next two years.

He was addressing the inauguration session of AirTech’17 conference, hosted by Air University in Islamabad on Thursday, according to a statement issued by Pakistan Air force (PAF).

AirTech’17 is the country’s largest technical and scientific Olympiad, being held at the main campus of Air University from December 7 to 10.

The air chief disclosed that Pakistan was currently working to manufacture next generation aircraft with the support of Chinese experts, adding that China was also providing technical support to Pakistan for launching the satellite programme.

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Pakistan annually manufactures 16 to 20 JF-17 aircraft, which are much better than F-16 planes in performance, said Aman.

Commenting over importance of national defence, he said Pakistan was on right track to curb terrorism and emphasised that security, stability and prosperity were interlinked in today’s world.

The air chief, in his keynote address on “Leadership, Education & Society Development”, said the purpose of an education system must be to introduce latest technologies and contribute something positive for the betterment of society as a whole.

He also urged the importance of industry-academia cooperation.

“No doubt, Pakistani students are talented, intelligent and hard-working but to achieve success in life goals, unconditional faith, firm commitment and tireless struggle are essential,” he emphasised.



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Reader Comments (12)

  • SunTest
    Dec 7, 2017 - 8:24PM

    JF17 is much better than F16 and thats why the Chinese have not inducted it into their airforce. JF17 is better than F16 is like “Sun rises in the west”Recommend

  • nizamuddin khan
    Dec 7, 2017 - 10:36PM

    Really? Why?

    Mr Aman needs to weigh the cost of sending people into space vs. using the money to improve basic education…where are our priorities?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 7, 2017 - 11:27PM

    Very nice…….but we first need clean drinking water, an education system that caters for the masses, decent hospitals for all, security for the people and not just the VIP, evenhanded justice for all etc etc. Recommend

  • Sami Baloch
    Dec 7, 2017 - 11:40PM

    Next generation air crafts and a new satellite in 2018. Wow sounds awesome but shoot down that US drone as well !Recommend

  • fais
    Dec 7, 2017 - 11:49PM

    They are making sixteen to twenty JF-17s, They can do this as well. Recommend

  • scotchpak
    Dec 8, 2017 - 12:39AM


  • Rollin & Trollin
    Dec 8, 2017 - 8:21AM

    Its good to hear that Zardari and Sharif will be launched from the circus’ cannon.Recommend

  • kp
    Dec 8, 2017 - 9:59AM

    yaah on a Chinese platformRecommend

  • Vectra
    Dec 8, 2017 - 12:03PM

    But 1st make JF-17 to perform side by side with India’s Tejas than boasting of JF-17 better than F-16. Last time despite having booked slot and already making payment for it in Bahrain, JF-17 was forced to withdraw from the show. Accept it it was Tejas which will be the real challenger to F-16 because LCA Tejas CLAW was so good that F-16 once stole it to use in its F-16’s which are in use today. This incident happened since 2 decades before 1998 nuke test. Now you can understand where JF-17 stands in comparison to Tejas.Recommend

  • Taymor
    Dec 8, 2017 - 4:49PM

    Give SUPARCO the budget and the mission to make rockets for space travel. We were one of the most advance nations once. We can become one again.Recommend

  • Farooq Ahmed
    Dec 8, 2017 - 7:17PM

    It would be wasteful to send astronauts to space, rather focus on making this land of ours a liveable space.Recommend

  • thoughts
    Dec 9, 2017 - 5:07AM

    However, Getting them back to Earth may take a few more years!Recommend

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