Pakistan Air Force [PAF] News and Discussions

PakShaheen79

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Just a general reminder that one liner posts are to be avoided with some exceptions made such as thanking a member for information or similar, and that re-posting an article without any personal input (or a one liner) at all is not considered good form. Hope this gets across the expectations for everyone in the thread,
Wanted to post the link only but as I am new and have very few posts so can't post the link. Thanks any how for reminding me the forum guidelines.
 

Toblerone

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Is it worth it to keep spending money to develop the JF-17, why don't they replace their older aircraft with a steady stream of SU-30? Does the JF-17 have some advantage when it comes to ground attack?

I have seen that they have not succeeded in exporting the Thunder and China itself has not bought it.

I'm not sure why they are so keen in getting F-16s, they may be left without support if there is any future escalation.
 

ADMk2

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Is it worth it to keep spending money to develop the JF-17, why don't they replace their older aircraft with a steady stream of SU-30? Does the JF-17 have some advantage when it comes to ground attack?

I have seen that they have not succeeded in exporting the Thunder and China itself has not bought it.

I'm not sure why they are so keen in getting F-16s, they may be left without support if there is any future escalation.
About the only advantage is that Pakistan can purchase 3-4x JF-17's for each SU-30 it can buy and it needs numbers... Not to mention the JF-17 being significantly manufactured in Pakistan gives them a strategic 'hedge' in case of diplomatic relations with aircraft suppiers heading 'south'.

The JF-17 may not have been exported in significant numbers, though there are many nations reportedly interested in it.

F-16 is a known capability. Advanced Block 52 aircraft are more or less a match qualitatively with anything else flying in that region, with an assured upgrade path thanks to the F-16V configuration and diversification of suppliers (ie: US, China and Russia) provides a further strategic hedge.

F-16 and SU-30/35 if purchased will provide a qualitative 'backbone' for the PAF for many years to come, with a wider roll out of upgraded JF-17 Thunders to flesh out squadron numbers for the PAF.

On face value it appears a good strategy.
 

Incog_Nito

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Is PAF still looking to shop for Mirage IIIs and Vs for Airframe and Engine Spares?

I guess they might find some good deal as most ex-operators have put them in storage, I guess.
 

SABRE

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Is PAF still looking to shop for Mirage IIIs and Vs for Airframe and Engine Spares?

I guess they might find some good deal as most ex-operators have put them in storage, I guess.
PAF was looking into Egyptian Mirage-Vs but the deal seems to have hit a snag. The objective for buying them old Mirages is a) cannibalise them to keep the existing ROSE upgrades afloat, b) if they are anything like Egyptian Horus, use them alongside the ROSE Mirages for at least 5 or 6 years. Mirage retirement plan seem to have been delayed to fill in the gap left by the discontinuation of JF-17 Block II production in anticipation of Block III. It might take at least 5-6 years to acquire a sufficient number of Block IIIs. I guess, apart from Egyptian Horus, all other Mirage-V around the globe may only be worth cannibalising, provided they still have something worth cannibalising left in them.
 

Maximuswarrior

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PAF was looking into Egyptian Mirage-Vs but the deal seems to have hit a snag. The objective for buying them old Mirages is a) cannibalise them to keep the existing ROSE upgrades afloat, b) if they are anything like Egyptian Horus, use them alongside the ROSE Mirages for at least 5 or 6 years. Mirage retirement plan seem to have been delayed to fill in the gap left by the discontinuation of JF-17 Block II production in anticipation of Block III. It might take at least 5-6 years to acquire a sufficient number of Block IIIs. I guess, apart from Egyptian Horus, all other Mirage-V around the globe may only be worth cannibalising, provided they still have something worth cannibalising left in them.
It is a blessing in disguise. The Mirage fighters no matter how potent are old airframes and pleading for replacement. As you rightfully say, PAF is fully focused on the production and induction of JF-17 Block 3 in greater numbers. The Block 3 is a quantum leap achievement for China and Pakistan. The JF-17 was initially envisaged as a very basic fighter with modest specs. This fighter has grown into something very different over the decades. Along with Block 3, project Azm (5th gen) are the main focus of PAF. Is China helping Pakistan ramp up the production of Block 3? It is expected that project Azm will be built as a joint venture between China and Pakistan. Would it be reasonable to conclude that input and critical parts for project Azm are going to be acquired through China? There was some talk regarding Pakistan joining hands with Turkey in their 5th gen endeavour. Is there any truth to these claims? I suppose details regarding project Azm are still very scarce.
 
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ngatimozart

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It is a blessing in disguise. The Mirage fighters no matter how potent are old airframes and pleading for replacement. As you rightfully say, PAF is fully focused on the production and induction of JF-17 Block 3 in greater numbers. The Block 3 is a quantum leap achievement for China and Pakistan. The JF-17 was initially envisaged as a very basic fighter with modest specs. This fighter has grown into something very different over the decades. Along with Block 3, project Azm (5th gen) are the main focus of PAF. Is China helping Pakistan ramp up the production of Block 3? It is expected that project Azm will be built as a joint venture between China and Pakistan. Would it be reasonable to conclude that input and critical parts for project Azm are going to be acquired through China? There was some talk regarding Pakistan joining hands with Turkey in their 5th gen endeavour. Is there any truth to these claims? I suppose details regarding project Azm are still very scarce.
If Pakistan join the Turkish 5th Gen endeavour what are your views on the Turkish engine options because any engine with US components will be off the table?
 

Maximuswarrior

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If Pakistan join the Turkish 5th Gen endeavour what are your views on the Turkish engine options because any engine with US components will be off the table?
That is a good question. It remains to be seen whether Turkey really opts for a US\Western engine. In my opinion, they won't. Neither is the US or a Western country going to provide critical components such as an engine to Turkey. It is highly unlikely. When Turkey opted for Russian S-400 and ditched the F-35 they knew that their own 5th gen project would have to be completed without Western input. I think this is where China and Russia are going to come forward and supply the goods. One thing going for Turkey is the fact that they have extensively worked along with other consortium partners of F-35. The Turks have a good understanding of the tech and knowhow. It will help them a great deal in developing their own 5th gen platform.

China has worked for decades on refining its engine tech. China is now capable of fielding a powerful engine for their 5th gen platform. Some 4th gen aircraft are already housing a Chinese engine. Russia has already mastered engine tech for a longer period.

If Turkey goes for a Russian or Chinese engine, PAF can certainly think of joining this project. Although, PAF is in a luxurious position as it has Chinese assistance and expertise on its side. I believe that project Azm will benefit a great deal of input from China.
 
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ngatimozart

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That is a good question. It remains to be seen whether Turkey really opts for a US\Western engine. In my opinion, they won't. Neither is the US or a Western country going to provide critical components such as an engine to Turkey. It is highly unlikely. When Turkey opted for Russian S-400 and ditched the F-35 they knew that their own 5th gen project would have to be completed without Western input. I think this is where China and Russia are going to come forward and supply the goods. One thing going for Turkey is the fact that they have extensively worked along with other consortium partners of F-35. The Turks have a good understanding of the tech and knowhow. It will help them a great deal in developing their own 5th gen platform.

China has worked for decades on refining its engine tech. China is now capable of fielding a powerful engine for their 5th gen platform. Some 4th gen aircraft are already housing a Chinese engine. Russia has already mastered engine tech for a longer period.

If Turkey goes for a Russian or Chinese engine, PAF can certainly think of joining this project. Although, PAF is in a luxurious position as it has Chinese assistance and expertise on its side. I believe that project Azm will benefit a great deal of input from China.
China still has a significant problem with its engine technology that it hasn't yet solved and that it the metallurgy which is something that cannot be reverse engineered. They are catching up with it, but it is a dark art as well as a science and they need to build the expertise and experience in it which takes time.
 

Maximuswarrior

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China still has a significant problem with its engine technology that it hasn't yet solved and that it the metallurgy which is something that cannot be reverse engineered. They are catching up with it, but it is a dark art as well as a science and they need to build the expertise and experience in it which takes time.
China is catching up very fast. Engine technology isn't kindergarten stuff. I believe that China is taking its time to field an engine for its 5th gen fighter. It doesn't want to rush the integration of such a critical component. Once China fields a matured engine it has full sufficiency. Only a matter of time before an engine goes into full production for a nation that has already achieved many marvels. China is indeed in the final stages.

In the meantime, as I mentioned, Russia is a good alternative for Turkey. Since Turkey acquired S-400 it only makes sense to get a powerful Russian engine for the Turkish 5th gen platform. Turkey won't have any issues getting this engine from Russia. Turkey is drifting away from the Western/European bloc. The relation between Turkey and Western nations is going to sour further as time progresses. This will impact defence relations adversely.

Where does that leave Pakistan? The US sanctioned Pakistan previously when it sought more F-16s. Pakistan realised that relying on others wasn't a smart thing. The JF-17 was the first project that Pakistan initiated as a joint venture with China. Project Azm won't be different. Pakistan is also gearing towards self-sufficiency as much as possible. These are the right steps in the right direction.
 
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