JF-17 planes 'open new doors' for Pakistan China friendship

Published: December 18, 2013
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Nawaz attends inauguration event for the completed production of 50 JF-17 aircraft.   PHOTO: ONLINE

Nawaz attends inauguration event for the completed production of 50 JF-17 aircraft. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid a visit to Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra for briefings on the exports of the Pakistan Air Force’s aircraft, the JF-17 Thunder, Express News reported on Wednesday.

Nawaz was the guest of honour at the inauguration event for the roll out ceremony of the 50th JF-17 aircraft. The event was attended by delegates from China as well as the PAF.

Speaking at the end of the inauguration, the premier appreciated China’s efforts to help Pakistan manufacture 50 JF-17s and also commended the bravery of the Pakistan Air Force.

“Pakistan’s skies are safe due to the efforts of the Pakistan Air Force”, Nawaz said.

Furthermore, he said the last time this project was supposed to be launched, the PAF met with political hurdles which the PML-N government had cleared.

During his speech Nawaz also stated that the inauguration of the planes is a means to “expand the friendship between China and Pakistan.”

Nawaz also reflected on the past joint ventures that Pakistan and China invested in together which include the Karakoram Highway, Chashma Power Plant and the Karachi Civil Nuclear Plant.

Concluding the speech, Nawaz said “We will fulfill all the needs of the Pakistani Air Force”.

The PAC JF-17 is a light weight, single engine, and multi combat aircraft which has been developed by the Pakistan Air Force, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAC) of China.

The aircraft is 15 metres long and is said to be able to tackle all kinds of weather.

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  • M. Emad
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:08PM

    JF-17 the most accident-prone planes ‘open new doors’ for Pakistan China friendship !

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  • Raheel
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:11PM

    I could only wish PAF/PAC constitute a committee of technical experts with hired marketing professionals and export the aircraft aggressively which would not only earn foreign exchange but strengthen the defence industry further

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  • TightPatloon
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:11PM

    Any news when Chinese Air Force will be getting the JFs?

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  • A2Z
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:16PM

    Skies cannot be made safe even with latest technology if a hypocrite is leading the country.

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  • Saad
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Congratulations to PAC engineers.

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  • lalai
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:25PM

    China- a friend in need is a friend indeed. Sincere, sympathetic, selfless and always friendly with people of Pakistan, not any individual or institution. .

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  • Dajjal
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:38PM

    “Pakistan’s skies are safe due to the efforts of the Pakistan Air Force”

    Yes, the Skies are completely safe for the US, Indian, Afghan and Iranian Air Force to fly over…. Pakistan should borrow United Airlines slogan “Come Fly the Friendly Skies”… Recommend

  • nasser
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:40PM

    @M. Emad:
    u r a hardcore indian…………. Recommend

  • Ali.G
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:40PM

    Safe, you should say because super power countries still can smash Pakistan, left,right and center for she is still not able to make its own plane without collaboration of others. Recommend

  • mbd4u
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:46PM

    “Pakistan’s skies are safe due to the
    efforts of the Pakistan Air Force”,
    Nawaz sharif .
    But truth is
    “Pakistan skies are safe due to effort of american drones. “Recommend

  • I am a Khan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 3:51PM

    “Pakistan’s skies are safe due to the efforts of the Pakistan Air Force”, Nawaz said.

    How can politicians speak such blatant lies. Has he forgotten the nearly daily drone attacks from the skies. safe skies? even falsehood will be ashamed of such lies!Recommend

  • Omair
    Dec 18, 2013 - 4:00PM

    @M. Emad: A realistic aircraft which could actually fly and the block 2 has been inaugurated. lets talk abt LCA TEJAS !Recommend

  • memix
    Dec 18, 2013 - 4:01PM

    They can’t be very good if they can’t shoot down a drone

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  • Ali S
    Dec 18, 2013 - 4:11PM

    It seems like Pakistan’s friendship with any country is based on it freeloading their military equipment. Sad.

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  • Naveed
    Dec 18, 2013 - 4:17PM

    China selfless friend? Dear friend sympathies inclinations develops when the country lacks foreign policy.
    China have their foreign policy and on international stage there are no friends and foes only national interest orient nations.

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  • Nadeem
    Dec 18, 2013 - 4:55PM

    @A2Z:
    Yes your are spot on, but a little correction here, the hypocrite(s) are leading the country in KPK and Sind.

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  • Last Word
    Dec 18, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Thanks to induction of JF-17 Thunder/Blunder by PAF, Indian skies are safe.

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  • Proletarian
    Dec 18, 2013 - 5:08PM

    @Ali S
    lol True that.

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  • Akhtarrao
    Dec 18, 2013 - 5:15PM

    Pakistan enjoys friendship and relations both only with China.Both are all weather friends.
    in fact PAF is rising ,it is equipped , professionaly much beter than any other neighbouring country,and skilled. It has shown its reall job in 1965….so one should not have any doubt by critisicing the new defence copperation bewteen two old friends in South Asia.

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  • polpot
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:32PM

    “JF-17 planes ‘open new doors’ for Pakistan China friendship”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Uhhhhh instead say JF-17 planes gives new wings to Pakistan China friendship

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  • polpot
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:33PM

    So how many Orders did Pakistan get for the JF17 via the Dubai Air show?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Ok any spare parts orders?:)!

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  • Muriba
    Dec 18, 2013 - 6:49PM

    @Omair:
    LCA is ready.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Dronesssssssssss????????????????

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Jealous cyber Hindus using Muslim names. So predictable.

    Congratulations for the Pakistani Air Force, Chinese government for this great source of our national pride and defense against any invader. Anyone will think twice about attacking my lovely country. Pakistan Zindabad. A bright future ahead for us all, In sha Allah.

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  • BridgeSeller
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Wow, what a technological marvel! The Chinese must be falling over themselves in a bid to get a couple of squadrons of their own, plus with the huge international demand at these airshows, I am afraid Pakistan won’t have enough of their own pindigenous (designed and manufactured) planes for themselves!!!

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  • A Khan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Well done to the PAF engineers, who against great odds, have made this project a success. I’m sure besides getting a modern fighter jet at a low cost, the technology Pakistan is getting, and the setting up of a aeronautical industry, will bring tremendous benefits in the future for the coming generations.

    PAF and GoP need to start integrating the private sector and top universities more into this and other military projects, so there is greater knowledge spill-over and more benefits.

    I strongly believe a private marketing company would have been better at getting export orders for some of our home produced military equipment.

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  • unbelievable
    Dec 18, 2013 - 7:48PM

    The problem with mfg your own fighter aircraft is that to make it cost effective you have to make so many that your forced to export – it’s a highly competitive market and while the JF=17 maybe a decent aircraft it’s not in same league as some of the competition.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:08PM

    @lalai:
    Lol. China is no friend. China has its interests to be friendly to us and put India on its toes on our border so the border with China stays calm. No Pakistani would ever understands this. The day India and China end their silent hostility, Pakistan would cease to enjoy such an important relationship with China too. China is looking for strong economic relations now and Pakistan has nothing to offer there.
    P.S: China has also changed its Kashmir policy after improving relations with India. An indication perhaps?

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  • kapt slim
    Dec 18, 2013 - 8:54PM

    I visited PAC Kamra few months ago, witnessed the manufacturing process of JF-17.
    This is the biggest technological leap by Pakistan, building fighter aircraft.
    When I touched JF-17, I got goose bumps.
    The visit made me proud of my country, with constraint of resources, engineers are working round the clock to make this happen, to build fighter planes for our country.

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  • BloodyCivilian
    Dec 18, 2013 - 10:14PM

    In other news, PAF officials are still begging the US for F-16s, and in still other news, around half the population does not know how to read or write.

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  • Spock
    Dec 18, 2013 - 10:48PM

    Does it run on water and can it shoot down drones?

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  • Zargham Khan
    Dec 18, 2013 - 10:53PM

    @M. Emad:
    What do u mean accident prone? How many JF-17s have fallen to ground due to engine failures, plz tell us or should I tell u abt the number of accidents of F-14s, F-15s and F-16s.

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  • unbelievable
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:52PM

    Apparently you haven’t figured out that your “best buddy” China is also your largest competitor. Most of the countries interested in buying this plane want to “co-produce” it so there making deals with China nor Pakistan. Recommend

  • AryenndraVsGazi
    Dec 18, 2013 - 11:56PM

    Just take a look at the JF 17 and the Israeli 1980’s Lavi Fighter. Look at the Irony ..pakistanis end up copying Israel, although indirectly.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:05AM

    @lalai:

    You say:
    “China- a friend in need is a friend indeed. Sincere, sympathetic, selfless and always friendly with people of Pakistan, not any individual or institution.’.

    Many Pakistanis also say the same about China.

    But what does China say:

    A friend (who is) in need should go to IMF, World Bank, ADB, etc., etc., after getting blessings from US but should not come to us. “A friend in need is no friend of mine” is what China says.

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  • Butt
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:11AM

    @kapt slim:
    When did PAC Kamra have an open day for the public?

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  • Xnain
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:17AM

    @Dajjal:
    “Yes, the Skies are completely safe for the US, Indian, Afghan and Iranian Air Force to fly over”
    Why don’t you (Indians) test the hypothesis by flying over Pakistan Airspace…..Now don’t get a dhoti shiver, i didn’t mean it :P

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  • Xnain
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:18AM

    @M. Emad:
    Well as if Bengalis fly F-22s and B-2s………:P

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  • Xnain
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:22AM

    @Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan:
    They just can’t digest it. They are obsessed, suffer from inferiority complex and foremost are jealous to the core of their bottoms on this achievement!

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  • Xnain
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:25AM

    @AryenndraVsGazi:
    LAVI is a delta wing canard concept while JF-17 follows traditional structure like F-16 both are worlds apart in combat regime,design and purposes….are you an Indian right? because such ignorance , oh pardon me intelligence level is never found elsewhere on this planet we call earth :)

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  • Xnain
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:26AM

    @M. Emad:
    I can understand the frustration of Indians but never thought bengalis would be so jealous as well :)Recommend

  • Tarun
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:10AM

    The JF17 fighter suffers from critical flaws. First is the RD 93 engine which has design and structural flaws due to which it cannot power advanced AESA radars or be used for ground attack roles. Mig 29 with 2 RD 93 engines failed in several wars but PAK wants to make JF 17 multirole based on single RD 93 which is impossible. Against advanced Indian fighters like su 30 mki , MMRCA, mirage 2005 and mig 29 , jf 17 willbe smashed in seconds as its radar is inferior. Even it’s design is not that manoeuvrable with a low speedof Mach 1.6. Given the constraints of rd engine sustaining even that will be impossible. Rather than spending precious money on a junk fighter like jf 17 Pakistan should have purchased J10 from china which has a better engine , avionics and manoeuvrability. Upgrade potential of JF 17 is zero as it will need a brand new engine to power more powerful radars which is not possible.

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  • SM
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:48AM

    @M. Emad:
    Please explain how it is the most accident prone plane?

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:57AM

    @to all Indians
    According to wikipedia, Air craft losses in 1965, 1971 and 1999, These are neutral claims.
    1965: India 75; Pakistan 20. in 1971: India 45 ; Pakistan 40. Kargil: India 1 Pakistan 0

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  • Pops
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:34AM

    @Xnain: the US of A did just that, flew in took one of your guests ( Bin Ladin) and flew out before you guys even woke up.

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  • Gupta
    Dec 19, 2013 - 2:49AM

    Reading the headlines, how many doors are there for Pakistan?

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  • Dajjal
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:27PM

    @Xnain:
    Firstly, i am from Pakistan… and second, what are you (a brainless combat Troll) going to do about incoming Aircraft? Stand on the border with a slingshot and fire rocks at them???

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  • polpot
    Dec 19, 2013 - 1:14PM

    @Gupta: “Reading the headlines, how many doors are there for Pakistan?”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Darwaza to dil meh nona chahiye……..

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  • Dec 19, 2013 - 2:14PM

    PAF is on wait and see: We are here to have befitting reply to our enemies. Don’t worry about drones, others planes, we will take care of them soon

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:14PM

    Indian military is absolute trash, this is the same country whose missile collapsed at launch and submarine sank without even any action. Their only success is beating and jailing innocent Kashmiris using bamboo sticks and bamboo shields. Pakistan has no worry from such a clumsy and negligent foe. Pakistan is now a military hardware exporter. Congratulations to my beloved country.

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  • lalai
    Dec 19, 2013 - 6:26PM

    Raj-USA and Pakistani
    Too much romantic amigos. Perfection or nothing. Absolute friendship only exists theoretically, but in real world, every individual, nation and country has its limit.

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  • Tarun
    Dec 19, 2013 - 7:49PM

    @Yasir Mehmood:

    In 1965 Pakistan air force had tech advantage ofUS supersonic fighters which India did not have, still losses as percentage of total assets was equal as IAF was 3 times larger than PAF so 3 times more losses does not mean a defeat, it can at best be called a draw. In 1971 IAF mig 21 thrashed PAF , for 3 times the air force size , IAF lost as many aircrafts as PAF which is an unambiguous victory for IAF. in 1999 kargil,war India lost 2 mig 21 aircrafts one to ground SAMs and another to engine failure!In fact in kargil mirage 2000 and mig 29 totally dominated the skies as PAF was a no show given that it lacked BVR. In fact IAf bombed a Pakistani camp in kargil killing 350 Pakistanis in a single blow and PAF could only watch helplessly. So overall the game is still in favour of IAF.I still repeat that JF 17 stands no chance in one to one fight with mirage 2005 or mig 29 or sukhoi or MMRCA due to its inferior RD 93 engine.this is precisely why no country including JF 17’s designer china has placed orders for JF17

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  • kapt slim
    Dec 19, 2013 - 8:24PM

    I am not a civilian @Butt:

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:05PM

    @ Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    I am happy to see your patriotic comment here. The burst from Indian trolls brings you closer to Pakistani Government :)

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Dec 19, 2013 - 9:13PM

    @ Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    I am really glad to read your patriotic comment here. The tirade by Anti-Pakistan trolls has brought respect for Pakistani Government in your heart :)
    Long Live Pakistan!

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  • Someone
    Dec 19, 2013 - 10:39PM

    @Tarun: In 1965 Pakistan air force had tech advantage ofUS supersonic fighters which India did not have, still losses as percentage of total assets was equal as IAF was 3 times larger than PAF so 3 times more losses does not mean a defeat, it can at best be called a draw.

    So despite having an air force three times the size of its foe, India still lost more aircraft than the foe. And the best excuse you could find was its size. Lmao, such retarded logic can only come from India.

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  • Cyber Hindu
    Dec 19, 2013 - 11:38PM

    These days there is severe shortage of Burnol in India.
    Any good news about Pakistan (or it’s government) causes jealousy here.

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  • ABKhan
    Dec 20, 2013 - 3:15PM

    The number of jealous Indian comments here show that Pakistan has really made something remarkable and Indian Cyber army have sleepless nights now. I am sure its the second biggest thing to India after confusing planets as Chinese drones

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  • Dec 21, 2013 - 7:24PM

    @lalai: Sefless? after grabbing half the Pak Occupied Kashmir, taking control of Gadawar port, selling junk war material to you and now selling a nuclear plant whose designs will be experimented first time in Pakistan on the Risk of people of Pakistan. How selfless?

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  • Dec 26, 2013 - 9:34PM

    When these block 1 will be upgraded to block 2 or 3?Recommend

  • BILAL MIAN
    Jan 17, 2014 - 4:34PM

    @kapt slim:

    Great to read your comments. Other people posting negative comments are either jealous indians or naive, ignorant, clueless and misguided Pakistanis bad mouthing a great achievement.

    India’s LCA Tejas is a joke to date and has only just been commissioned into Indian Air Force in december 2013 after 12 years since the project began. Wheread JF-17 project was efficiently completed 5-6 years and the multi role state of the art fighter air craft is comparable to F-16 A/B block 15 in terms of it’s combat capabilities and is 25 milliion less cheaper than F-16 !

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  • BILAL MIAN
    Jan 17, 2014 - 6:08PM

    @Yasir Mehmood:

    Wikipedia is not accurate. Actual losses of fighter Aircrafts for india is a lot higher. In 1965 war they lost 110 which includes dogfights, Anti Aircraft guns and jets shot on ground by PAF raids. Neutral sources claim even higher losses but PAF only claimed 110 as to the wreckage located bu them.

    In 1971 war, PAF despite internal turmoil and complexities they performed outstandingly. In former east pakistan there was only ONE squadron of 16 fighter jets and they were being attacked by 10 indian squadrons. In the dogfights that followed PAF lost 5 jets and pilots but IAF suffered 36 jets losses( BBC news representatives eye witness accounts) which included anti aircraft guns shooting down indian aircrafts. Total losses suffered by IAF which includes west and east pakistan was 102 whereas PAF lost 34 fighter jets( 11 of which disabled intentionally by PAF personnel after evacuation instructions from headquarter command so they don’t fall in hands of mukhti bahini rebels). Former US Airforce veteran pilot chuck yeager ( First to break sound barrier) sent as defence analyst to pakistan reported 102 russian made IAF jets shot down as all the wreckage was collected onboard two US Aircraft carriers and taken to USA for research on russian jets.

    In 1999 kargil war IAF lost two MIG( MIG-21 & MIG-27) fighter jets of which one
    pilot was made prisoner ( Nacheketa) while the other pilot ahuja was killed. These two IAF jets were shot down by Pakistan Army defence missiles of ANZA whilst a indian MI-17 helicopter was shot down by three stingers and as a result all four crew members were killed.

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