KAMRA: Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on Monday achieved another milestone in the country’s aviation history by indigenously manufacturing 16 JF-17 fighter jets during current year.
A ceremony to highlight the hallmark achievement of the PAC was organised with the formal induction of newly manufactured 16th JF-17 Thunder in the fleet of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain was the chief guest of the ceremony, which was attended by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. The minister said, “I will appreciate the vital role played by our time-tested Chinese friends for the success of JF-17 programme. Their support at PAC Kamra and in so many other projects is cherished and highly valued by every Pakistani.” The minister reaffirmed the commitment of the government to promote self-reliance in defence production and thanked the Chinese government for unrelenting support.
The PAF chief expressed satisfaction with progress of JF-17 programme. He praised the professional competence and commitment is played by PAC personnel in meeting the milestones of JF-17 programme and urged them to continue their best efforts in pursuit of excellence. Alongside, the PAC had also announced to achieve the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) technology for the JF-17 Thunder and also handed over the first JF-17 aircraft to PAF after complete inspections and structural assessment. Later, talking to newsmen, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said the PAF had achieved the set goals for the preparedness and would replace its ageing fleet with the modern JF-17s. “The replacement programme would continue until 2020,” he said.
Answering a question, he said negotiations were in hand for the sale of country’s sophisticated multi-role combat aircraft with friendly nations around the globe. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex virtually takes care of maintenance of all operational assets of the PAF for the purpose of effective control and efficient working.