India concerned after Pakistan's JF-17 export order

The IAF is greatly concerned as it down to just 35 fighter squadrons

Web Desk July 21, 2015
PAF JF- 17 Aircraft parked at Le Bourget. PHOTO: APP

Pakistan’s first export order of the JF-17 'Thunder' fighter aircraft at the first day of the International Paris Air Show has left India concerned.

Pakistan was successful in securing its first ever export order for its JF-17 Thunder fighter at the first day of the International Paris Air Show where a contract was confirmed to have been signed with an Asian country.

PAF Air Commodore dealing in sales and marketing, Khalid Mahmood said “A contract has been signed with an Asian country.” However the name of the country was not disclosed and deliveries are likely to begin in 2017.

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The latest models of the jets, which are locally produced in cooperation with China, are lightweight multi-role aircraft capable of Mach 2.0 (twice the speed of sound) with an operational ceiling of 55,000 feet.

Eighty people were promoting the JF-17 in Paris this year, reflecting a significant marketing push.

In comparison Indian Air Force (IAF) is struggling with its light combat aircraft ‘Tejas’, which will take another year to become ready for combat.

The IAF is greatly concerned as it is down to just 35 fighter squadrons while at least 44 are needed to tackle a threat from Pakistan or China.

Moreover the much needed Tejas Mark-II which has a more powerful engine likely needs foreign collaboration if the premier prototype is to take to the skies by 2018-2019 as per expected deadlines.

"Tejas Mark-II is still on the drawing board, with only the preliminary design review being completed till now. The critical design review is far off," a source claimed.

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On the other hand an ongoing commercial negotiation for the acquisition of 36 expensive twin-engine Rafale fighters - the numbers of which may be doubled – is expected to be sealed in a month.

However the delivery of the jets which are to be acquired via France is expected to be in two years.

The utility of the Tejas which are progressing at snail’s pace lies in them leading to a quicker development of the proposed fifth generation air craft fighter; advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA).

The article originally appeared on Economic Times


Zesh | 8 years ago | Reply The country has technology not to show off, when time comes whole world would see. Like India people don't sleep on footpaths in Pakistan. @Dipak tell you the fact there are more Indians than Pakistanis who live quite happily in non-Hindu country.
Dipak | 8 years ago | Reply The first time a Muslim makes couple of bucks, he wants to get out and live his life peacefully in a non- Muslim country. Muslims are always unhappy in their own country because of in-house terrorists. If Indian Government give permission to come back to India, at least 80% are dying to return for a better life. But don't keep your hope high.
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