PAF re-equips No 26 Squadron with JF-17 thunder aircraft

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  1. Neil

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    The re-equipment ceremony of No 26 Squadron of the Pakistan Air Force was held at a PAF base on Monday.The No 26 Squadron, one of the prime squadrons of the PAF, previously equipped with an A-5 III aircraft, has now been re-equipped with the indigenously produced JF-17 Thunder aircraft. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, was the chief guest at the occasion. A re-equipment ceremony parade was also held on the occasion, in which the squadron colour was presented to the squadron commander.

    Speaking at the ceremony, the air chief said, “Today as we re-equip No 26 squadron, we have also raised No 16 Squadron with the JF-17 Thunder aircraft. I would like to mention and appreciate the contribution and support of the Chinese in helping us acquire a technological breakthrough in the shape of this aircraft.” “Induction of the JF-17 Thunders have revolutionised PAF’s operational concepts. Our main focus has been on capability-based development rather than the traditional threat based growth. Our efforts have been to enhance and sustain our capabilities to cover all spectrums of air warfare, including military operations other than war. Remember, we have a mission to maintain peace with honour in this volatile region and in these uncertain times,” he added.

    “Today, Pakistan is at war, we know our responsibilities and will continue to make major contributions in our national effort. It is PAF’s commitment to the nation that despite all odds, our resolve shall remain unshakable and we shall defend the country against any aggression, be it internal or external,” Suleman said. Later, a formation of A-5 III and JF-17 aircrafts also presented a fly-past.



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  3. JBH22

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    Good news want to see similar mass induction of LCA Tejas now:)
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    JF-17 is all aliminium aircraft or does it integrate composites like LCA?
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF JF-17

    Egypt is currently discussing a deal with Pakistan to co-produce the JF-17 for the Egyptian Air Force.[100] The Azerbaijani Air Force has negotiated with China for the purchase of several dozen JF-17, worth between 16 and 18 million dollars each.[101][102] The Sudanese Air Force is also reported to be negotiating for 12 aircraft.[103] The Air Force of Zimbabwe reportedly ordered 12 JF-17 in 2004,[104] but there are no current sources that confirm payment or intent of delivery.[105][106][107] An article in 2008 reported several other countries including Bangladesh, Iran and Nigeria have been identified as potential buyers.[9][108] In early 2010 it was reported that China had been in talks with around 5 to 6 countries on the JF-17, some of whom had sent air force pilots to test-fly the fighter.

    Why cant the LCA be sold similarly to foreign countries? The production of LCA for IAF itself is very slow onlee!:rolleyes:
     
  6. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    i wonder which war he is talking about........... pakistan is playing both sides on its so called war on Terror.
     
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    China will obviously find buyers for the JF-17 among third world nations, because of the clout that it has. We would have done the same for ourselves with the much better LCA, but that seems pretty far-etched as of now, since we ourselves don't have that plane in a fully operational mode as yet. With the limited production capabilities of HAL, I doubt we will ever be able to sell the LCA to other countries. HAL will do better to fulfill our own requirements.
     

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