Pakistan Air Force said the Xiaolong aircraft will continue to use Chinese-made avionics system
site static display at Dubai Air Show Xiaolong fighter. Xinhua News Agency reporter An Jiangshe
World Wide Web (microblogging) went to Dubai correspondent Zhang Canadians reported: November 13, 2011, the 12th Dubai International Air Show will be opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In the afternoon the aircraft industry held a joint Pakistan Air Force fighter Xiaolong promotion, and answered questions from reporters, site promotion and foreign media correspondents gathered, with the Pakistan Air Force Chief of Staff, Admiral Suleiman as saying, no doubt, Xiaolong fighter ( Pakistan named JF-17 “Lightning”), a Dubai air show this “one big star.”
Global Network reporter learned that, according to plan, Pakistan Air Force in January of that year to build three JF-17 fighter squadron. Some media speculated that Pakistan’s part of the purchasing power Xiaolong fighters from the Indian side. In recent years, India launched the “medium-sized multi-role fighter” procurement plan (MMRCA), and there are indications that the number of more than 126 of its procurement. However, it is clear that the Pakistan Air Force does not intend arms race with India, Pakistan Air Force Chief of Staff, Admiral Suleiman (Suleman) told reporters that the Pakistani Air Force does not intend to have every ability to compete with India, if so do, will bankrupt the country of Pakistan, the Soviet Union arms race with the United States is a typical example of the consequences, Pakistan does not want to repeat such mistakes. Suleiman also acknowledged that India’s medium multi-role fighter aircraft procurement scale does have an impact on Pakistan’s long-term consideration.
Pakistan in the next 6-8 years, replaced with 250-275 200-250 Xiaolong aircraft more old A-5 (Q-5) attack aircraft, F-7 (F-7 ) fighter, Suleiman will be said, Xiaolong fighter will be the final number of procurement decisions in Pakistan’s economic situation.
Pakistan from the U.S. Air Force Lockheed – Martin Corporation purchased 18 F-16 Block 52 fighter aircraft, is now fully delivered. Xiaolong with these F-16 together take on the task of defending airspace.
It is understood that the financial situation will determine whether Pakistan Xiaolong with new avionics, after Pakistan’s talks with European companies in terms of no agreement, sources said that Pakistan has with South African companies conducted negotiations on the avionics system; the same time, Pakistan also said that China’s Xiaolong provide avionics system is satisfactory. Suleiman will also propose to the Government for the replacement of avionics and increased funding request.
Up to now, two squadrons of Pakistan Air Force JF-17 fighter has accumulated length of 10,000 hours flying. Xiaolong fighters delivered to the Pakistan Air Force began two years ago, the first batch of 42 have been delivered at least 38, the second batch of 50 is about to begin production. Xiaolong growing range of weapons configuration, including the PL-5 combat missiles, SD-10 medium range air to air missiles, 500-pound bombs, 2000-pound bombs, and a recent C-802 anti-ship missiles, began with a Fierce Dragon. Believe that the future more weapons and more advanced sensors will enhance the owl a Dragon force help. ★
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