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In reality the AMERICAN doors are almost closed for PAF during the TRUMP administration , as long as pakistan is not accepting AMERICAN guide line regarding INDIAN SUPEREMACY ,Hegemony and AMERICAN IDEALOGY regarding CHINA IN THE region , its better PAF should go ahead with jf17 programme and indigenous 5th generation fighter with chinese and turkish collaboration and to boost up and enhanced local R&D at emergency bases especially the AESA radar system to break the SHAKLES of AMERICAN sanctions and blackmailing.
Inconsequential tiny client countries getting advanced weapons as a sop to their American masters. Who will fly these hahaha. I heard a Western defence minister last month openly ridiculing in general Arab competency in Air Force training.
The political price they are asking from us of becoming subservient to their designated regional policeman is too high. That is required plus denuclearisation before we are sold real arms. Pure technical discussions are irrelevant unless we are one dimensional engineers or non-thinking enthusiasts who get totally excited about a different hard point on a wing and don't see the big picture. Buying American arms means buying into their polical and global designs. Our neighbours will find out to their chagrin soon.
India isn't a pony tail who blindly follows any power.its already top 2 Asian power in making and it shares equitable relations with west,russia and other regional powers.
Besides india is already top 3 producer of skilled workforces , top 5 global manufacturing, and ranks among top 5patents amid research output , papers published this yr.
Gradually it ll replicate the success of civilian industry in military sector while our neighbor continue to buy basic machinery,metals,industrial component from their higher than Himalaya friend with r&d investment ranked among bottom few countries(Source :Global innovation index 2017)
Very true its beyond their competency and skilled level to maintain just a symbol of pride ,but paying a heavy Political price.
This months AFM main article is about Nigerian Air Force. They mention JF-17 and Super Mushshak.
R&D must don on war footing, Armed Forces Of Islamic Republic Of Pakistan must create a home grown armament industry with state of the art latest technology
We should try Jordan for F-16s eh?
We could buy European F-16 being replaced with F-35 over the next few years.
Only if uncle Sam allows them to resale.
They did not object to the Jordanian buy, so unlikely they will object. We can get the Turks to upgrade them.
Turks don't produce anything significant for f16
They buy kits from Lockheed martin
Well they upgraded all our F-16 to MLU standard. Same thing.
My uncle used to serve in UAEAF. And according to him, almost on quarterly basis they witnessed student pilots (in Air Force Academy) landing there aircrafts without there landing gear deployed. Speaks volumes about there training and preparedness levels...
Any chance PAF F-16s will get the V-upgrade and Aim-9x? will the SLEP programme be extended to Block-15s?
No word on the PAF upgrading their F-16s. No word on expanding SLEP to Block-15s.
I don't know if the Air Force has approached LM for a country or block specific SLEP. We have a significant number of aircraft and could ask..
May be good news Sir