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Pakistan Air Force (PAF) early this year started receiving the first lot of the 50 JF-17 Block-III aircraft that it had ordered which come with a host of new features and improvements but it is not clear if PAF has plans for more JF-17s as it is mighty impressed with the Chinese J-10CE that offers capabilities much more then the JF-17 and it considered a match if not superior to the F-16 Block-52 jets that they are already flying.

Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has delivered around 120 Block-I/II Plus JF-17B Trainers in the last few years and with an addition of 50 more Block-III, the production line will be open till the end of 2024. PAC and PAF are rumored to be working on Block-IV which might come with Chinese Ws-13 engines or upgraded Russian RD-93MA engines but it is unclear if the order quality will be more than 50 units again this time.

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SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

On Friday, the US’ stealth bomber – B-21 “Raider” – was unveiled in a high-profile event. As this is the first new-generation bomber aircraft that the US has developed in more than 30 years, senior US military officers and the media outlets have carried out extremely high-profile publicity campaigns for it. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin claimed that “even the most sophisticated air-defense systems will struggle to detect a B-21 in the sky.

” The chief executive of Northrop Grumman Corp – manufacturer of the aircraft – boasted that the world has “never seen technology like the B-21.” Given that the US Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall has repeatedly made it clear to deploy the B-21 to “deter China,” many US media have focused on the “dealing with China’s threat” in their reports, saying it will force China to “rethink wars for decades to come.”

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SOURCE: DAILY SABAH

The Turkish pioneering drone maker has announced Saturday its unmanned fighter jet would soon perform its maiden flight as it edged closer to the landmark with a successful takeoff test where it lifted off the ground for a short duration of time.

Named K?z?lelma, the National Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle System (MIUS) had completed its first runway run and autonomous taxiing test last month at an air base in northwestern Tekirda? province.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

Japan, Britain and Italy will announce a groundbreaking agreement as early as next week to jointly develop a new advanced jet fighter, two sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.

For Tokyo and London it represents the culmination of ever closer defence ties, which in turn give Britain a bigger security role in Asia and provide Japan with new security partners that can help it counter neighbouring China’s growing military power.

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China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) at the Zhuhai Airshow 2022 international aerospace exhibition showcased MALE-Class UAV that seems to be inspired or copied from the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAV design. CETC seems to have not given any official name to the Mockup that was displayed but resembles the TB2 was spot-on and near identical copy of the airframe.

CETC might be a big corporation in China but is not known to be a big player in the UAV market both in domestic and internationally and might have gotten its hands on the wreckage of the TB2 airframe from Syria or Ukraine and might have plans to reproduce unauthorized copies of it seeing high popularity of the TB2 in the export market.

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SOURCE: USMC NEWS

After an emergency landing at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa Island, Japan, the nose landing gear of a USMC F-35B collapsed during towing. The fighter is part of the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s 121st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron. The squadron was recently deployed aboard the USS Tripoli, an amphibious assault ship.

According to NHK News, the F-35B made an emergency landing at Kadena Air Base after reporting suspected electrical problems.

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China is likely to have a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads by 2035, up from the current estimated number of 400, the Pentagon has said. In its annual report to the Congress on China’s ambitious military build-up, the Pentagon said Tuesday that over the next decade, Beijing aims to modernise, diversify, and expand its nuclear forces.

China’s current nuclear modernisation exercise has exceed the previous modernization attempts in both scale and complexity, it said.

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China has plans to offer its WS-13, a medium-thrust turbofan engine developed by the Liyang company based on the Russian RD-93 engine to Argentina and other prospective buyers of the type as it is finding ways to avoid overdependence on Russia for its jet engines to close its logistics and supply chain for the critical technology.

Chinese propaganda machinery is claiming that China has had bad experiences with Russian aftermarket support for its jet engines, including expensive and delayed spare part deliveries. Pakistan Air Force had selected the RD-93 turbofan engine for the JF-17 fighter and established an overhauled line.

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After Pakistan scrapped its fifth-generation fighter program ‘Project Azm’ due to a lack of infrastructure and resources to develop homegrown fighter jets, the CEO of Turkish Aerospace has asked Pakistan to join the Turkish 5th generation multi-role fighter that it plans to test by 2025.

Turkey displayed its scale model of its 5th generation fighter jet TF-X at Pakistan’s Expo 2022 and has invited PAF-owned PAC to explore joint production of the aircraft in the country. PAF also has been offered the J-31, a Chinese 5th generation fighter jet that was developed for export customers but PAF due to funding issues has still not clear which aircraft it wants.

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have jointly inaugurated a corvette warship built by Turkiye for the Pakistan Navy under a strategic cooperation project between the two friendly nations.

Sharif, who along with a delegation of ministers and officials is on a two-day visit to Turkiye at the invitation of the Turkish President, during the inauguration said the launch of PNS Khyber represents the deepening of defence cooperation between the two nations, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

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Pakistan has started a diplomatic offense to lure Washington to grant them permission to either procure fresh F-16 lots from the manufacturer or let them procure surplus used F-16s from the other operators for which it still requires U.S Government clearance.

Pakistan recently asked Greece if it was willing to sell an unspecified number of F16 fighters, but the answer was a firm “No,” citing the needs of the Hellenic Air Force as well as Athens’ friendship with New Delhi.

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The Myanmar Air Force has ordered several FTC-2000G midrange fighter jets from China after it encountered several technical issues with recently delivered JF-17 fighter jets from China which both China nor Pakistan was able to fix. The former Pilot of Myanmar Air Force has confirmed to the Burmese media outlet ” The Irrawaddy ” which operates from Thailand that structural cracks and other technical issues have surfaced, particularly in its wingtips and hardpoint when the aircraft pulls high Gs.

JF-17 fighters were procured in 2018 to replace the Myanmar Air Force’s aging F-7s and A-5s fleet. In June this year Pakistani Air force Transport aircraft was rushed to Mingaladon Air Force Station in Yangon with spares and a crew of 15 technical experts to fix this issue and also set up a JF-17 simulator for training pilots of the Myanmar Air Force.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

Pakistan on Thursday named Lieutenant-General Asim Munir as chief of the army, an organisation that plays an extraordinarily influential role in the governance of the nuclear-armed nation. Munir, who was also Pakistan’s chief spy, will take over from outgoing General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who retires later this month after a six-year term, the defence ministry said.

His appointment coincides with a dispute between the military and former prime minister Imran Khan, who blames the army for playing a part in his ouster earlier this year.

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SOURCE: PTI

Former premier Imran Khan has lamented that the US has been using Pakistan like a “hired gun” in the war against terror and America’s ties with his country are “very undignified” as compared to a very “civilised relationship” with India.

His comments came days after Khan signalled his readiness to mend ties with the United States after repeatedly accusing Washington of conspiring to remove him from power in April. When asked by Public Broadcasting Service, an American public broadcaster, about his recent U-turn and his past remarks that America treats Pakistan “like a slave,” Khan said: “Firstly, I mean, it is just a fact that the Pakistan-US relationship has been lopsided.”

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Pakistani state-owned, Heavy Industries Taxila will be locally assembling Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Kits of the Chinese third-generation VT-4 Main Battle Tank supplied by the Chinese Norinco Group in the country that will be called Haider MBT after both countries agreed to transfer of CKD Kits.

Pakistan Army already is in the process of inducting 300 VT-4 Main Battle Tanks under a 2017 deal with China which was later increased by another order for 160 units in the third batch another 110 units will be procured making it the largest Main Battle tanks of Pakistan Army surpassing the fleet of 320 T-80UD MBTs it had acquired in the mid-1990s from Ukraine and its 250 Al-Khalid MBT that was based on the Chinese Type-90-IIM MBT.

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