26 JF-17 Thunder jets developed: Pak Air Force

The JF-17 was jointly developed by Pakistan and China.

Islamabad: The Pakistan Air Force has
completed the production of 26 JF-17 Thunder combat jets in
collaboration with China during a period of two years, an
official said Tuesday.

The senior PAF official, who was briefing the Public
Accounts Committee of parliament, said while replying to a
query that the air force had achieved the target set for
producing the JF-17 jets in the country.

The parliamentary panel was informed that Pakistan
began the serial production of the jet in collaboration with
China two years ago.

The JF-17 was jointly developed by Pakistan and China.

The PAF plans to induct 250 JF-17s in the coming years.

Defence Production Secretary Shahid Iqbal told the
parliamentary committee that two P-3C Orion anti-submarine and
maritime surveillance aircraft were destroyed in a recent
terrorist attack on a naval airbase in Karachi and efforts
were being made to replace them.

The committee raised some objections to the audit reports
of the Defence Ministry for 1998-1999, 2002-2003 and 2003-04
and directed authorities to submit reports on this issue
within a month.


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