Malaysian officials show interest in Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter
Malaysian officials have shown a keen interest in Pakistani warplane “JF-17 Thunder” at Defense exhibition IDEAS 2018 that is underway in Karachi.
According to the reports, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) General QasemSoleimani visited the fighter aircraft at the exhibition.
Indian and Malaysian defense officials visiting the IDEAS 2018 aerospace exhibition in Karachi have expressed interest in the “JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jet” made in Pakistan with Chinese technology.
Talks with Pakistan Aeronautics Complex:
Malaysian military officials also held talks with Pakistan Aeronautics Complex (PAC) officials. Chief of Malaysia’s Royal Air Force said, “We are attending the IDEAS for the first time and we are immensely impressed by the standards of exhibition of defense products.”
General Dato’ Effendi said that Pakistan has made an amazing progress in the field of aircraft manufacturing.
JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jet:
The JF-17 thunder fighter jet is a joint product of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC).
The JF-17s are deployed by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and sold to Nigeria and Myanmar. They have attracted interest from countries looking for a cheaper alternative to western origin light attack fighter jet.
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It is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China
The approximately $60 million each plane is also considered cheaper than competing Russian fighter aircraft.
It is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China.
The Earlier Story:
Earlier on April 16, at the Defense Services Asia (DSA) 2018, the two governments have had primary level talks about a potential sale of the single-engine fighter in order to meet the air combat requirements of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
There have been no serious talks but through government-to-government channels, there have been what we can describe as primary level talks about the JF-17 programme.
Collaboration with local industry:
In supporting a potential deal for Malaysia, the official said that PAC is willing to collaborate with local industry through which technologies could be transferred to facilitate:
- Localized component manufacturing or maintenance
- Repair and overhaul (MRO)
Malaysia initially had expressed an interest in the JF-17 several years ago. It was reported that Malaysia’s high commissioner to Pakistan had said in December 2015 that Malaysia was considering purchasing the JF-17 and might make a decision very soon.
However, it was still unclear whether Malaysia plans to buy the aircraft which Pakistan Air Force has long used as an effective weapon its war against terrorists.
Source: The News