“The new technology and modern expertise have transformed our defence into a great force ... We want that our defence forces should be ever ready for any contingency,” he said at the roll-out ceremony of the 50th JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft at
The prime minister expressed satisfaction that the country’s military leadership was fully cognisant of the changing environment and was following an agreed and well-integrated approach. “For this reason, we want to ensure that our forces are alert, active and fully equipped with necessary professional skills,” he added.
The PM said the skill and passion of ‘flying falcons’ to conquer the skies assured that the country’s aerial frontiers were safe and secure. He said the proficiency of PAF was not limited to the air alone, but it was equally competent to show its mettle in the fields of aircraft manufacture, radar and even the drone technology.
The prime minister said the whole world acknowledged the acumen and potential of Pakistan’s soldiers and it was because of this potential that he had approved the JF-17 project in his previous tenure. He said “today he was immensely proud that this project had successfully reached its completion, and the PAF professionals had met the expectations of the nation”.
Nawaz expressed commitment that the government would meet demands of the defence forces so that their long-standing traditions attain perpetuity. He quoted the April, 13 1948 speech of Quaid-e-Azam during his visit to
The prime minister said the JF-17 aircraft development and production was a major flag bearer in the journey towards self-reliance and industrialisation and added a glorious chapter in the history of Pakistan’s friendship with
Nawaz recalled his recent visit to
In his interaction with newsmen after witnessing the rolling-out of JF-17 Thunder aircraft, Prime Minister
The prime minister welcomed the upcoming meeting of the Directors General Military Operations (DGMOs) of
He mentioned the Pakistan China Economic Corridor project, which would link Gwadar to
On JF-17 Thunder aircraft, which is another co-production with
The country launched production of a new version of a combat aircraft featuring upgraded avionics and weapons system.
The plane, to be called Block-II JF-17, will be manufactured at the
The complex formally handed over the 50th indigenously produced Block-I JF-17 Thunder aircraft to the air force at a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister
The JF-17 Thunder has been co-developed and co-produced with the
“The first Block-II JF-17 will be ready by June next year,” chief project director Air Vice Marshal
The Block-II will have improved versions of avionics sub-systems, air-to-air refuelling capability, additional weapons carriage capability and some extra operational capabilities.
Ahmad said several countries in
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