Pakistan successfully test-fires long-range ‘smart missile’ from JF-17 Thunder

Published: March 12, 2019
Test provides fighter jet extraordinary day and night capability to engage variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

Test provides fighter jet extraordinary day and night capability to engage variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) successfully test-fired indigenously developed extended range “smart weapon” from JF-17 multi-role fighter aircraft on Tuesday.

The experiment marked a great milestone for the country as the weapon has been developed, integrated and qualified solely through indigenous efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers, said a statement issued by the PAF.

“The successful trial has provided JF-17 Thunder a very potent and assured day and night capability to engage variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy,” it added.

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Lauding the efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan congratulated the PAF personnel on the achievement of this monumental indigenous capability.


“Pakistan is a peace loving nation but if subjected to aggression by adversary, we would respond with full force,” he was quoted by the PAF spokesperson as saying.

The key test comes amid a tense military standoff with India, which was triggered by Indian claims of carrying out air strikes, targeting alleged terrorist camps inside Pakistan on February 26.

A day later, Pakistan retaliated with similar air strikes that led to dogfight, leaving two Indian warplanes downed. Pakistan also captured an Indian pilot but released it within 72 hours as gesture of peace.

However, an internal assessment of the government has now concluded that the threat of further escalation in tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours is over.

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The assessment was shared by a senior official on Monday while giving a background briefing to a group of journalists on the current state of relations between the two neighbouring countries.

Last year, the JF-17 Thunder aircraft shot down a slow speed target with BVR (Beyond Visual Range) and IR (Infrared) missile with pin-point accuracy at Sonmiani firing range marking a landmark occasion for the force as well as the whole nation.

The facility, developed in collaboration with Chinese authorities, is equipped with real time tracking and measuring equipment to qualify the indigenously developed and procured weapon systems.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Azhar
    Mar 12, 2019 - 6:50PM

    Faced with an enemy many times bigger in all aspects, Pakistan can’t match it in numbers. The only way for Pakistan is to focus on quality and develop smarter and more advanced and sophisticated defence systems. And to do that we need to strengthen our economy first so that we can allocate sufficient resources for research & development. Recommend

  • Ammad
    Mar 12, 2019 - 7:10PM

    AlhamdulliLLAH… Long Live PAKISTAN…………Recommend

  • Munir Ahmad
    Mar 12, 2019 - 10:58PM

    Great job, may Allah always help usRecommend

  • Sher Khan
    Mar 13, 2019 - 10:42AM


  • ZZQ
    Mar 13, 2019 - 2:48PM


    We need to remain ever vigilant with a jingoistic neighbor like IndiaRecommend

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