'JF-17 thunder fighter has capability to compete with any modern fighter jet'

Minister for defence production says world is showing great interest in purchase of JF-17 owing to cost effectiveness


Web Desk October 06, 2015
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Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer said on Tuesday the country is producing state of the art competitive defence products.

“The indigenously built JF-17 thunder fighter has the capability to compete with any modern fighter jet, including the F-16,” the minister said, while addressing the media after inaugurating the modern display center of Defense Export Promotion Organisation.

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“The world is showing great interest in purchase of this fighter jet because of its cost effectiveness,” Tanveer added, according to Radio Pakistan.

Further, the minister said Pakistan’s defence products are also being exported to European countries and the United States.

“Pakistan's defence products have the ability to compete with those that are the best in the world,” Tanveer said.

Earlier, addressing the inaugural ceremony Tanveer said the government is encouraging 'made in Pakistan' products to realise the goal of economic development.

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“Utilisation of latest technology is inevitable in keeping with the requirements of modern time,” he said.

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Lara | 5 years ago | Reply @RT: The Chinese didn't discard the JF-17 Thunder, it just didn't induct it into its air force because it doesn't fit the Chinese air force's goals, priorities and strategic vision. That aircraft does fit Pakistan's. Therefore given the strategic environment in which the Pakistani military operates and will be expected to fight a war in, the JF-17 Thunder can certainly compete with any aircraft. You just compared apples with oranges by telling us China discarded that plane.
vicktor d'souza | 5 years ago | Reply Well, its certainly better than the antiquated F-86 fighters that it replaces. But in its day, the F-86 Sabres would probably rank higher in performance vis-a-vis other competitors of that time than the JF-17 pitted against the current array of frontline fighters.
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