Pakistan at the end will be equipped with all the four tankers Il-78MP
Pakistan in 2010 the high standard exercises for the Il-78 refueling two Mirage legal” Mirage “aircraft refueling
LONDON, August 3 news : According to the Russian military Equality Network reported on August 2, due to the limited range of aircraft, the Pakistan Air Force is still not available to the northeast and southwest Indian military facilities the ability to launch air strikes. However, this situation is changing. According to sources, this year Ukraine will be delivered to the Pakistan Air Force tanker two IL-78MP. Prior to this, the end of 2008 Pakistan Air Force received two IL-78MP.
Pakistan has ordered a total of four to Ukraine Il-78MP tanker aircraft, which first aircraft had participated in the exercises held at Pakistan Air Force. As the Pakistani Air Force chief of staff said, the Il-78MP’s service will enable the Pakistan Air Force has an unprecedented long-range strike capability.
Earlier, the Pakistan Air Force has fleet of 30 “Phantom”-III aircraft air refueling system is installed. Pakistan Air Force in accordance with the plan, the future will also assume the Il-78MP for the JF-17 fighter aircraft (Pakistan Air Force ordered a total of more than 250 aircraft) to provide air supply task.
present, Founder Pakistan JF-17 start in the fuel hose on the fuel system and pipe system to be tested. Which, through a hard test tube of air refueling will be carried out before the end of this year.
Pakistan Air Force were equipped with about 45 US-made F-16A/B fighters. In addition, the United States will be completed by the end of this year to deliver to Pakistan F-16C/D Block 52 + aircraft (not the installation of conformal fuel tank) work.
news that the Pakistan Air Force is still considering buying second-hand used by the U.S. military KC-135 tanker or the A310 commercial aircraft can be converted into aerial refueling A310MRTT.
Pakistani Air Force officials pointed out that equipment tanker aircraft will be able to make Pakistan an important goal in India in-depth air strikes. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Air Force aircraft will also be able to carry more weapons and combat missions. In addition, the Pakistani military aviation will benefit.
Pakistan Air Force spokesman has pointed out that IL-78MP is not only an air refueling mission. Aircraft on the two fuel tanks (capacity 18,230 liters) according to the need to remove and install the cargo compartment by being converted into transports. (Compiled: Compass)