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East meets West Pakistan’s fighter Aircraft

December 10, 2009

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Not many modern armed forces unite in their inventory, and particularly among their key assets, technology from two – in political terms – entirely opposite origins. It is more common in the countries of the former Soviet bloc where, since the fall of the iron curtain, Western technology slowly but ever increasingly found its way into countries primarily equipped with Russian weapon systems. In the past two decades the Middle East and southern countries of the Asian continent have become areas in which Western state-of-the-art weapon systems competed next to weapon systems from Russia or other former antagonists to lead these countries’ armed forces into a new age – globalisation in the political and industrial defence world.

These countries – not only geographically in between history’s current major players – slowly revolve the old political and economic structures in a natural process and, with their growing political self-confidence, create a new link between the cumbersome super powers which, mostly from behind the scenes, will shape the next decades.

Pakistan is one of these interesting examples, however, with a very unique character. Just as its neighbour and long-lasting political antagonist, India, it develops an increasingly emancipated character in its choice of new weapon systems as well as in its desire to further develop its domestic R&D as well as production capabilities. India currently is in the process of extensive trials for its future fighter aircraft programme (MMRCA) in which aircraft from the US compete against European as well as Russian solutions of the latest generations (see http://www.defpro.com/daily/details/380/). The final choice in this particular race will be a forward-looking one for the face of the Indian Air Force.

On the other side of the Thar Desert, the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) brings together an interesting mix of aircraft from all over the world and, in particular, from the US and China. Due to its historical development, the first aircraft to be used by the Pakistani Air Force were US- and UK-built aircraft. However, in 1965 Pakistan received its first fighter aircraft of Chinese origin: the Shenyang J-6. Since, fighter aircraft of the US as well as from France (the PAF still strongly relies on its French Dassault Mirage IIIs and Mirage Vs) have been operating next to Chinese fighter aircraft. A clear political development can be deduced from the history of fighter aircraft of the PAF: from the post-colonial influences to a regional power at the mercy of the political gravities to a growing national identity and self-determination.

Today, Pakistan is expecting to take delivery of its first of 18 ordered Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52+ very soon (older versions of the F-16 have already been operating in Pakistan since 1982), bringing the total number of Pakistani F-16s to 54 when the last aircraft will be delivered as scheduled in December 2010. Furthermore, as various press sources have reported mid-November 2009, Pakistan has signed an agreement with China for the procurement of 36 Chengdu FC-20 (J-10 export version) to be delivered by 2015. Finally, Pakistan is also in the process of introducing a growing number of FC-1/JF-17 fighter aircraft, jointly developed by China’s Chengdu and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra. With the first two small batch production aircraft having been delivered in 2007, Pakistan has since received a good dozen of these aircraft and, as reports Flight International, is expecting to introduce at least 150 domestically produced fighters into service (the number has increased to an estimated 200-250 aircraft).

This development would not only provide Pakistan with a significant number of state-of-the-art air combat assets but also brings together technology from the Far East and the West in an interesting unity. Many eyes of these two political and industrial camps will be glued to the PAF to gather information on this process and the other’s craftsmanship.
F-16 … FC-20 … JF-17

As outlined above the PAF has been combining Western and Chinese aircraft since the 1960s, including bombers and trainer aircraft and is, furthermore, expecting to receive four Chinese Shaanxi Y-8W airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft equipped with AESA radar by 2011 that will be operating next to Pakistan’s brand-new Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C aircraft. But let’s take a look at the three state-of-the-art fighter aircraft that will be racing Pakistan’s skies in the near future.

Pakistan’s newest member of the F-16 family, a two seat F-16D Block 52, has been unveiled on October 2009 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility. The ceremony was attended by the PAF Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Quamar Suleman. The current order, dubbed “Peace Drive I”, is for 12 F-16Cs and six F-16Ds, powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine, with an option for another 18 aircraft.
“The Pakistani and U.S. leadership has worked very hard to develop a strategic partnership between the two countries in order to achieve our common strategic interests,” said Rao Qamar. “If this relationship is to succeed, it has to be built on a solid foundation of trust between the two allies. This F-16 is not just an aircraft, but a capability for Pakistan. It is a symbol of trust and the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.”

As the PAF explains on its homepage, “the PAF had originally planned its force structure to include than a hundred F-16s by the end of the century, but these plans could not be implemented because of the US embargo [of the 1990s due to Pakistan’s testing of a nuclear bomb]. The service is, thus, currently in the process of evaluating other high-tech fighter aircraft for procurement.”

The outcome of this process is quite clear: a stronger co-operation with China which obviously offers Pakistan not only to possibility to acquire new combat aircraft but also of jointly improving its domestic industrial capabilities. The Chengdu FC-20s to enter service in 2015 will replace the aging fleet of combat aircraft such as the Chinese F-7s (a version of the MiG-21 which has been recently upgraded) as well as the extensive fleet of Mirage IIIs and Vs. As the PAF explains, “Chinese systems such as the F-7s provide the staying power to absorb losses and to take punishment in the face of a much bigger adversary. Planned upgrades to equip these less capable fighters with modern radars, better missiles and ECM equipment will help enhance the PAF’s combat capability.”

The FC-20 is not among these less capable fighters. It is the export version, modified to Pakistan’s requirements, of one of China’s most capable multi-role fighter aircraft with a delta-wing and canard design. It was introduced into the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2005 and in April 2006 the Pakistani cabinet approved the procurement of 36 of these aircraft which can be compared to the aircraft generation of the F-16, the Gripen or the Rafale.

Although a greater challenge for the Pakistani Air Force than the mere purchase of new assets, the development and introduction of the JF-17 (Pakistani designation for “Joint Fighter”) has continuously and obviously successfully proceeded. The first aircraft of this type took to the skies in 2003. The first small batch of pre-production aircraft was delivered to Pakistan for operational evaluation purposes in March 2007. The first Pakistani-manufactured JF-17 was rolled out and handed over to the PAF on 23 November 2009. On the occasion of the hand-over ceremony Rao Qamar said that 40 JF-17 would be produced by PAC Kamra within next three years and would be inducted in PAF replacing the existing aircraft. Furthermore, he confirmed that the first JF 17 Squadron would be established shortly. The JF-17 is a lightweight and low-cost multi-role fighter aircraft with a high manoeuvrability and beyond visual range (BVR) capability. It has advanced aerodynamics configuration and high thrust.

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7 comments

  1. *********** Lahore *************************

    *********** Karachi ************************

    *********** Peshawar ***********************

    *********** Quetta *************************

    All Roads lead to Delhi 😀 😀 😀

    *********** Pakistan Airforce : Men with a Mission *****


    • yes plz. IAF mig29 and mig21 need practice 😀 😀


  2. Written by Imran Nazar Hosein
    Friday, 23 Dhul-Hijjah 1430

    It must be particularly hurtful to that westernized and secularized elite, both in and out of Pakistan, that essays such as this should be penned by scholars of Islam who are unafraid to proclaim the truth in the faces of the world’s greatest tyrants.

    I believe that the US President’s recent announcement of a dramatic increase in US troops to be sent to occupied-Afghanistan was camouflaged with psychological ploys. This was hardly surprising since those who truly control power in USA – power to choose someone, anoint him and make him President – are a people who have PhDs in deception.

    The media use of the soft word ‘surge’ for example, is a clever ploy detracting attention from the harsh reality of significant and very dangerous US military escalation in that volatile region of the world. Readers must know that Afghanistan is the heart of ancient Khorasan, and it has the unique distinction of never having submitted to western occupation. They must also know that the power-brokers who control the White House are recklessly plunging all of mankind into an abyss the likes of which was never before experienced in history – certainly far worse than anything experienced under George Bush.

    There is a ploy in Obama’s confident hope that eight bloody years of wealthy America’s war on the world’s poorest country can now end within the next three years. This announcement was meant to instill a (false) hope in the American people for an end to the increasingly unpopular and unjust US occupation of that beleaguered and impoverished yet defiant country. It was also meant to send a (duplicitous) message of hope to Afghanistan, as well as to neighboring Pakistan, that USA would now be looking for an exit strategy that would permit a military withdrawal from that region of the world within that time-frame – hence a need for negotiations with the Afghan resistance.

    There is a reason why the US Government had to resort to such deceptive ploys to support such dangerous and reckless military escalation. It is because the original 9/11 justification for war on Afghanistan long ago evaporated when Americans realized that it was fraudulent. Indeed the only reason why American resentment against the unjust war has not as yet exploded across that country is the powerful and highly effective use of the western-controlled news media to brainwash people around the world (including Pakistan and my own native Trinidad and Tobago). Without television, radio, newspapers, and scribes who sing for their supper, even the US-led so-called ‘war on terror’ would long ago have been recognized as a ‘war on Islam’ that is waged on Israel’s behalf.

    It is almost certain that US military escalation in Afghanistan constitutes yet another tangible sign of preparation by the Anglo-American-Israeli triple alliance for their long-planned attack, in concert with India, on nearby Pakistan. This writer has long held the view that the 9/11 false-flag terrorist attack on America was meant to pave the way for the attack on Pakistan that we now consider imminent (see ‘A Muslim Response to the Attack on America’ on my website).

    Their primary objective in attacking Pakistan would be to seek to destroy that country’s nuclear plants and nuclear weapons, and to permanently remove Pakistan from the nuclear club. However, in order to achieve that permanent denuclearization of Pakistan they would also have to seek to so dismember Pakistan that it would finally be left with just a harmless rump. Only thus can they be assured that Pakistan would pose no threat to an Israel that is now poised to replace USA as the third and last ruling-State in the modern world.

    Israel’s mysterious imperial messianic agenda was explained in my book entitled ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’ (available on my website). It is a subject that is located beyond the scope of secular scholarship, hence the profound silence from those who otherwise wield a confident pen on strategic affairs.

    If this writer’s views expressed above of events that are to unfold is correct, then Pakistan’s moment of truth would soon arrive. Pakistanis who have misguidedly supported their government and their military in an alliance with USA, and in participation in the US-led so-called ‘war on terror’, would realize too late that they were deceived and were consequently grossly misguided.

    I believe that the enemy’s evil plan is for Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, as well as the Province of Balochistan, to be occupied by US troops. USA would then seek to separate that territory from Pakistan and to incorporate it into an Afghanistan that is already under US occupation. However, such a union to create a greater Afghanistan may yet backfire to fulfill a Khorasan prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) referred to later in this essay.

    Nearly all Pakistanis (excepting President Asif Zardari and former President Pervez Musharraf, as well as the men and women who willingly serve them) would anticipate that India would gleefully join USA in such an attack on Pakistan, and would seize the opportunity to seek to reunite the rest of Kashmir, as well as at least part of the territory adjoining Indian Punjab and Indian Sind, with mother-India. If that evil plan were to succeed, then the rump of such a truncated Pakistan would remain helpless to avoid Indian hegemony.

    Another objective of the attempt to denuclearize and truncate Pakistan would be to so psychologically intimidate and demoralize the entire world of Islam as to render Muslims incapable of offering any resistance to the universal political and economic dictatorship that is now overtaking the world.

    If these three main objectives of war on Pakistan are achieved then the way would be clear for Israel to pursue her mysterious imperial messianic agenda. Unfortunately, given the dismal record of Pakistan’s pro-American political and military leadership that has consistently supported and is still supporting the US-led so-called ‘war on terror’, many things are now possible.

    Israel will have to wage big bloody wars in order to dramatically increase her territory until it encompasses the (false) biblical frontiers of the Holy Land (“. . from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates”). Israel may then take steps to rid herself of her non-Jewish Palestinian population that would become even more totally and uncompromisingly hostile to the dramatically-expanded Euro-Jewish State. True to her European heritage, Israel could resort to such ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that would replicate the (white) Euro/American ethnic cleansing of the native (red) Indian people of the Americas. The world may not have to wait long to witness yet another exodus of impoverished Palestinian refugees fleeing for their very lives from a pig-headed and barbaric Israeli war-machine.

    The alternative to another Palestinian exodus could of course be the enslavement of the Palestinian people in a manner reminiscent of the western enslavement of the African people. Africans were enslaved and exploited for free labor with which to build a shining new world in the Americas, Southern Africa and elsewhere in the ruling white man’s world. Palestinians would be enslaved for similar reasons in the shining new Pax Judaica.

    The world is now likely to witness a continuous increase of troops in Afghanistan – British, French, Canadian, German, Italian, Australian, Japanese, etc. – and with India preparing to attack simultaneously from the East, Pakistan will be surrounded from both sides. I anticipate that Israel would lie carefully concealed in waiting until the very last moment when she would come out from behind the curtains to spear-head missile attacks on Pakistan’s nuclear plants. Then with perhaps as many as half of a million NATO troops invading from the west, and an equal number of Indian troops invading from the east, it is going to be such a bloody and messy affair that it can possibly result in massive violent anti-western uprisings against governments in the entire (pro-western) world of Muslim client-States.

    I suspect that this is precisely the kind of colossal world-wide distraction that the US Government would actively seek to exploit for riding the wave of white American resentment against the simultaneous collapse of the US dollar that would now take place. While impoverished black America would certainly suffer from the demise of the US dollar, it is wealthy white America that would really suffer the loss of most of its wealth. That loss of wealth would take place in consequence of ‘substitute money’ being offered to replace the demonetized dollar at an exchange rate of about 5 cents to the dollar. One can now understand why the sharks around the world are busy buying as much gold as they can, while the helpless innocent sardines remain waiting to be sacrificed at Israel’s messianic altar. In fact, thanks to the US Federal Reserve, history is repeating itself. The Feds did it to the American people in April 1931 and they are poised to do it again today.

    Our study of the subject of Dajjal the false Messiah or Anti-Christ, as well as Gog and Magog, led us to the conclusion, more than 15 years ago, that the US dollar must one day collapse in order to make way for a new international monetary system. That new monetary system would eventually be based on invisible and intangible electronic money that would be controlled by an international banking system largely under the control of Jews of European extract. Those who control the new post-Bretton Woods international monetary system would then use it to Israel’s advantage and on Israel’s behalf. Israel’s control over the money-system of the world would in turn assist in delivering to Israel the status of third and last ruling State in the world.

    If and when the events described above do occur they are likely to have a positive impact for Islam since they would separate the ‘grain’ from the ‘husk’ Muslim. The ranks of the ‘grain’ who would support or join the armed Islamic resistance against aggression, oppression and occupation, would dramatically increase. Also, just as important, the ‘grain’ would finally realize the bogus and fraudulent nature of western-created money and would now be willing to wage the effort to recover the use of the gold Dinar and silver Dirham as money.

    The ‘husk’, from captain to cook, would continue to worship at the altar of a US visa, Green Card and Passport, and would continue their efforts to migrate to the lands of milk and honey. They would consider their residence in western countries to be the equivalent to residence in paradise, and would scornfully reject any call to go back home to ‘hell’ in Pakistan. Some of them, still in the queue waiting to go to America, would even acquire a perfect American accent without ever setting foot on American soil.

    It must be particularly hurtful to that westernized and secularized elite, both in and out of Pakistan, that essays such as this should be penned by scholars of Islam who are unafraid to proclaim the truth in the faces of the world’s greatest tyrants.
    In fact this separation of ‘grain’ from ‘husk’ Muslims is already taking place and it would accelerate as the real reasons for Obama’s Afghan surge are realized.

    The enemies who are now waging war on Islam have miscalculated. They have underestimated Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who prophesied that a Muslim army would liberate the Holy Land from Jewish oppression. Every ‘grain’ Muslim knows that the army would come out of Khorasan, and that the North West of Pakistan is a part of ancient Khorasan.

    Some Responses

    1. ‘Grain’ Muslims now resident in USA, UK, Canada, Europe, Australia, Singapore, etc, whose hearts are touched by views such as to be found in this humble essay must now seek to escape from Dajjal’s clutches so that they can recover the freedom to support or join that armed Islamic resistance to oppression that would uphold the honor of Islam.

    2. Pakistani Muslims must lose no time in ridding themselves of the pro-American political and military leaders and information/news czars imposed upon them by their enemies. They probably have just a year’s time left in which to do so. After all, their enemies would not have invested so much in promoting a 2012 ‘doomsday’ had there not been sinister designs to exploit it to their advantage. This writer has responded to one such traitor here in Trinidad, a check-book leader of a pro-American Islamic organization, by publicly declaring that “I would not pray over his body, nor would I ever stand at his grave” (unless he makes taubah and turns away from his treasonous conduct).

    3. Muslims around the world must demand the severance of diplomatic and consular relations with all such countries whose troops are waging war in Afghanistan and in other parts of the Muslim world. I have myself stopped traveling to such countries – even while intransit to other places.

    4. Someone located in a far-away Caribbean island of Trinidad (as I am), cannot possibly offer a micro-analysis of events that are fast unfolding in Pakistan. Rather, there are competent and articulate analysts already doing that. I advise however, that readers should protect themselves from such radio, television and newspapers that are mere propaganda mouthpieces of those now poised to attack Pakistan..


  3. NAHI BHULAI SHAHEED HAM NE
    AE DASTE QATIL HAM AA RAHE HEN
    QISAS LENE LAHOO KA APNE
    AE DASTE QATIL HAM AA RAHE HEN


  4. well i respectfully reject the views of sheikh imran hossein on pakistan situation..isnt his own words that appearance and reality is opposite in the age of dajjal..in appearance to an outsider and foreigner,it may seems that zardari and kayani are all together fighting against pakistani people as a tag team…while the reality is there is a clear cut conflict between president house and army house..between govt and GHQ..and offcourse between pentagon and GHQ..and sheikh imran hossein should read the interviews of afghan taliban who have repeatedly rejected and exposed so called TEHREEKH E TALIBAN PAKISTAN..we live in this country and we know how to run this…i do admire sheikh imran hossein ideas about dajjal,imam mehdi and hazrat isa(r.a)..but his theory abt pakistan is little wrong..i also advise sheikh imran hossein to visit GHQ and meet kayani,lt gen pasha and gen tariq majeed so they could tell him about indian involvement..why do people like him think we will doom so easily..we have been known for not caring for our lives for islam..INSHA ALLAH pakistan will prevail…for me…i prefer zaid hamid over sheikh imran hossein..pak zindabad …pak army zindabad


  5. one more thing…when showdown begins with india…i assure sheikh imran hossein..pakistanis as a nation and an army would do something unbeleiveable..they think we are weak..but they dont know what we are capable of..


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