Pakistan plans production of third-generation JF-17s



Pakistan has started work to introduce the third version of the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet which was part of the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) fleet which shot down two Indian jets in retaliation for the attack in New Delhi in February 2019.

The country exhibited the second version of the aircraft as part of the four-day (November 15-18) International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS 2022) at the Karachi Exhibition Center.

The fighter jets demonstrated their capability and allowed PAF pilots to demonstrate their professionalism in February 2019.

“PAF pilots flying JF-17 Thunder shot down two Indian planes and grabbed Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan (Varthaman),” Pakistan Aeronautical Complex official Kamra recalled. -Pakistan while highlighting the main features of the fighter aircraft.

Pakistan invented the jet in conjunction with China and incorporated it into the PAF in 2007. It was first upgraded in 2015.

“A new upgrade is underway,” the manager added.

Tanks upgraded to fire missiles

Pakistan showcased its latest battle tank called Haider, “which is capable of firing a laser-guided missile with an effective range of 5 kilometers”, an official from Heavy Industries Taxila said while setting up its booth at IDEAS 2022.

“It is the most advanced battle tank introduced after the Al-Khalid tank.”

Haider was introduced in the recent past and inducted into the Pakistan Army fleet. “It has improved the capability of Pakistani forces in the battlefields,” he said.

The tank is also able to hide by generating smoke when it detects a counter-threat. It’s an automatic speed tank with the steering to move it right and left, replacing older stick technology to do so, he said.

war system

Global Industrial and Defense Solutions (GIDS) officials said they invented the Integrated Electronic Warfare System that helps forces detect, protect and communicate within a range of 30 to 35 kilometers.

“We produced the system at a quarter of the cost compared to what Pakistan used to pay to import it earlier,” a GIDS official said.

The communication system operates on radio signals. It improves the capabilities of forces in the fight against enemy aggression.

Minesweeper robot

The National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) introduced robots capable of defusing bombs on battlefields.

The robot is part of an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Device) vehicle, which also carries other equipment to defuse bombs, including mine clearance suits for army personnel.

anti-ship cruise missile

GIDS also launched its first indigenous Harbah-NG anti-ship cruise missile for exports.

It is an all-weather, subsonic, ship-launched anti-ship cruise missile with a range of 290 km that can target enemy ships and land installations.

It was designed to maintain a low-altitude, terrain-following flight profile, making it capable of successfully evading enemy countermeasures in operational mode. It is offered in air and land variants.

The recent launch has listed Pakistan among the few countries capable of selling cruise missile technology in the international market.

IDEAS brings together international manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to explore opportunities for cooperation in defense production through joint ventures, outsourcing and collaboration.

Over time, IDEAS has proven to be the region’s major platform for the promotion of defense systems as it showcases a wide variety of products, ranging from equipment used in third world countries to the most advanced technology. western sophistication.

IDEAS 2022 has surpassed all previous milestones in terms of space, booking, exhibitors and domestic and foreign delegates.

Karachi Expo Center has been booked to capacity with more than 500 exhibitors from Turkey, China, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Far East, of which 60% are international and 40% local.

Besides professional visitors, more than 285 high-level delegates from 64 countries visit the exhibition.


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