Pakistan to sell JF-17 fighter jets to SL-report

2013-10-27 02:53:36

Pakistan has decided to start sale of state of the art JF-17, Thunder combat planes developed by the collaboration of China to several other countries including to Sri Lanka from next year, Pakistan’s The Nations news agency reported.

Pakistan Defence ministry Production sources said as many as 42 JF-17 Thunder planes have been developed so far under joint venture with China.

“Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been assigned a target of exporting 5 to 7 JF-17 Thunder planes next year, and the discussions in this regard are under the way to Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Qatar and other friendly countries,” the report stated.

Pakistan Ministry of defence Production officials have expressed optimism that Pakistan would succeed in exporting these modern planes in the next year.

Sources said Heavy Industries Taxila has manufactured prototype of Buraq vehicle to defuse the land mines and remote control explosive material.

The PAC JF-17 Thunder or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong, is a light-weight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Air Force, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAC) of China.
Its designation "JF-17 Thunder" by Pakistan is short for "Joint Fighter-17", while the designation "FC-1 Xiaolong" by China means "Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon".

The JF-17 can carry a variety of missiles and bombs, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, supplemented by a 23/30 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon. It is powered by a RD-93 afterburning turbofan, and has a top speed of Mach 1.6. The JF-17 is slated to become the backbone of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), complementing the F-16s as well as the J-10Bs (on order) within its aircraft ranks and is also expected to fill the duties of aerial reconnaissance, ground-attack and interception.

  Comments - 35

  • ANTON Sunday, 27 October 2013 05:01


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    perera Sunday, 27 October 2013 05:13

    so we dont need india or the HR brigades anymore


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    Kasunsiri Gunaratne Sunday, 27 October 2013 05:13

    Great . Hope these will be the pride of the SLAF

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    Nadi Karunaratne Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:07

    Why do that? We already have huge loans that even our grandchildren will be paying back.

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    Anil Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:34

    No country in the world pay off foreign debt in 10-15 years. So what's wrong if your grand children have to pay for it too? If we didn;t borrow from China to buy weapons we would still be fighting.

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    raj Sunday, 27 October 2013 12:38

    "Your" grand children? This will affect everybody's grand children. And its easy for the this generation since our grandfathers didn't leave it for us to pay for their loans. Our grand children will have to pay for this loan and the loans they will have to take.

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    ANTON Sunday, 27 October 2013 07:13


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    KaluSudhaSudha Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:14

    For what?????
    To bomb whom now???

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    Magodisthuma Monday, 28 October 2013 01:04

    To Bomb the Parliament !

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    dr ceylon Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:14

    when sri lanka bomb new dhilh?.what a waste of money,a great commisions create dirty decisions.

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    mike Barthelot Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:32

    Good news indeed if true . The JF-17 is a vey capable fighter/bomber Aircraft , best suited for our Airforce.

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    mike Barthelot Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:35

    Just because the war is over does not mean sri Lanka has to stop spending on defense , there are still many treats both foregine & domestic . With development comes modernization and the Armed Forces are a big part of that modernization.

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    Dave Sunday, 27 October 2013 07:02

    You are 100% right. Now only real war started.
    Many countries do not like another country is developed. They will some how create many problems for those countries.
    So this must be understood by the Government and specially people of Sri Lanka.

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    raspi Sunday, 27 October 2013 07:03

    Defense spending should be their but not as much as it was during the war. besides who calls this modernization? we are buying old junk.we are like scavengers.
    Besides I couldn't stop laughing when i read we have foreign threats :D LOL

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    raj Sunday, 27 October 2013 12:40

    He said foreign treats. Who wouldn't foreign treats. I hope its chocolates.

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    mollamaari Sunday, 27 October 2013 07:02

    More and more fighter jets to fight super powers?? When we need more hospitals, universities and more funds to education.
    By the way SINGLE ENGINE FIGHTER JETS good for survival - via parachutes :) :) :)

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    chinthaka Sunday, 27 October 2013 13:26

    I am sorry , you know nothing about jets or defense.

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    Regi Sunday, 27 October 2013 13:27

    The headline of the news misleads us. Actually Pakistan has decided to sell to friendly countries and Sri Lanka is also among them. Without reading the entire article people are coming to conclusions.

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    Sriyani Sunday, 27 October 2013 15:28

    We should improve our air defence capabilities in line with other development projects.

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    Chamara Sunday, 27 October 2013 15:31

    Should bomb Chennai with this. Does it have the range?

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    Syed Hamza Rasool Sunday, 27 October 2013 15:39

    Wow , Great Pakistan ...

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    Sammy Sunday, 27 October 2013 15:46

    SL joins one more race, the arms race!

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    Manmohan Sunday, 27 October 2013 15:51

    WHAT????? I feel fever. Call to Doctor.

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    Bruce Lee Monday, 28 October 2013 00:41

    iS THIS SUPERIOR THAN F17? or even F15.

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    Don Siman Monday, 28 October 2013 02:15

    We though the war is over and prosperity reached

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    Vic Monday, 28 October 2013 04:37

    We are a super power now.

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    Indo Monday, 28 October 2013 04:40

    now whats at stake ?

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    SAM_APARROW Monday, 28 October 2013 07:52

    Of-course fighter jets will fulfill the stomach of poor people of this country.

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    Gerard Monday, 28 October 2013 12:36

    You are right, and line the pockets of the rich!

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    Be Fair Monday, 28 October 2013 09:34

    I also want to be part of this commission game........

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    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 28 October 2013 12:42

    It is miserable to note that this deal is going to take place with Pakistan. Halloo.... by this you cannot scare India, mind it. Its only a drama.

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    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 28 October 2013 12:44

    If Mahinda has 4 eyes, Man Mohan has eyes all over his body. This is a cheap notice.

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    migara Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:32

    What to hit India ?

    Reply : 0       0

    Jayawardene. S Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:23

    Those aircraft will be a good addition to our air force.

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