The development of a Russia-UAE fifth-generation fighter jet based on the MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: “Fulcrum”) will be completed no earlier than 2025, the CEO of the Rostec State Corporation said Monday.
“We shall probably begin this work next year. The project is difficult, I think the plane will be created in seven or eight years, no earlier, Sergei Chemezov said during the IDEX-2017 military expo. Continue reading
Amid reports that Pakistan has moved heavy artillery towards the Afghan border, army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa today said “enhanced security arrangements” in the border region were aimed at combating terrorism.
After a string of terror attacks in the country, Pakistan Army has moved heavy artillery towards the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman and Torkham districts, the Express Tribune reported, citing security officials. Continue reading
Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to somehow palm off the technically inferior fighter aircraft JF-17 to the hapless Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), the ANI News Service reported.
Efforts have been made by Islamabad for the past one year to convince the Sri Lankan government to purchase the aircraft that is jointly developed by Pakistan and China. Sri Lanka, aware of the technical shortcomings and design flaws in the aircraft, had earlier decided not to consider the deal as previously reported by the Sri Lankan news site ‘The Sunday Leader’. Continue reading
Observing that Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists, the US has said it is in its long-term interest to support Islamabad’s efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant and democratic society.
“We believe that US long-term interests are best served by supporting Pakistan’s efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant, democratic society,” a State Department spokesperson on Thursday told PTI responding to reports that Pakistan Army attacked suspected militant hideouts close to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Israel Aerospace Industries’ Barak-8 surface-to-air missile was recently test-fired at sea to verify its capabilities.
The Barak-8 is operated by the armed forces of Israel and India as a means to defend against airborne threats including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and cruise missiles. Continue reading
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Reports of Myanmar having advanced negotiations with Pakistan to licence-build JF-17 fighter has not gone down well with Pakistani Netizen who have criticised its government decision, even when Pakistan government has repeatedly raised Rohingya issue at UN, OIC.
Pakistan is seen has a leading Muslim voice in the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and seeking the intensification of diplomatic and moral pressure on the government of Myanmar to grant adequate citizenship rights to the Rohingya community, in accordance with international humanitarian laws. Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES OF ISLAMABAD
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) General Manager Temel Kotil has said that TAI is actively working to land a T-129 sale with Pakistan, Milliyet reported this week. He was speaking at an event hosted by Istanbul Dü?ünce Vakf? (Istanbul Thought Foundation).
A T-129 was sent to Pakistan for tests in June 2016, in which its hot-and-high and endurance capabilities were examined. Continue reading
Russia has clarified that its cooperation with Pakistan will remain “quite limited” and it will never sell weapons to the country that could potentially change the balance of power in the Indian subcontinent. The assurance comes after national security adviser Ajit Doval’s visit to Moscow and high-level counter-terrorism dialogue between India and Russia in Delhi last week.
“All reports arguing that Russia could also sell Su-35 fighter jets to Pakistan are false… Islamabad would want to buy these aircraft and other Russian weapons, but Moscow is unlikely to agree on anything more than a transfer of a limited number of fighter and transport helicopters in future,” a Russian government official told ET on condition of anonymity. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will likely place an order for 50 Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Block-III fighter jets in the first half of 2017, according to PAC chairman Air Marshall Arshad Malik.
The JF-17 is a lightweight, single-engine, multirole combat aircraft, powered by a Russian-designed-but-Chinese-built Klimov RD-93 (a RD-33 derivative) turbofan. The aircraft can reach a top speed of Mach 1.6 and reportedly has an operational range of 1,200 kilometers (745 miles). The fighter jet features seven hardpoints and can carry up to 3,629 kilograms in weaponry and other payloads. Continue reading
Designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism is unwise in the first year of a new administration, but should be kept as an option for the longer term, says a report by a dozen US think-tanks and universities.
The report advises the Trump administration to “state up front that it intends to review the intelligence on Pakistani involvement in supporting terror much more critically than its predecessors.” Continue reading
China’s newly-formed Rocket Force has held an exercise with advanced DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile with a range of over 1,000km that could threaten a number countries, including India, Japan and the US.
Significantly the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which is secretive about its weapons systems, has released a video of the recent exercise of its troops employing the advanced DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile. Continue reading
China plans to sell to foreign countries its new short-range air to surface missile which can be mounted on drones and is designed for anti-terrorism operations.
The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, the country’s largest military drone exporter by number of products sold overseas, said it recently conducted live-fire tests on the AR-2 short-range air-to-surface missile in northwestern China. Continue reading
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In November 2016 the Soviet-era Liaoning, Beijing’s only carrier, was declared “combat ready” by political commissar Senior Capt. Li Dongyou. Following the declaration, the ship departed on a training voyage that featured a stop on the edge of the South China Sea, at the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) base on Hainan Island.
Several PLAN corvettes, frigates and destroyers accompanied the Liaoning, which was carrying Changhe Z-18 and Harbin Z-9 helicopters, along with more than a dozen Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighters. Continue reading
Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months, a sign of deepening ties after Beijing vowed to plough $57 billion into a new trade route across the South Asian nation.
A dozen executives from some of Pakistan’s biggest firms told Reuters that Chinese companies were looking mainly at the cement, steel, energy and textile sectors, the backbone of Pakistan’s $270 billion economy. Continue reading
China has reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads, signalling a major shift in its nuclear capability as Beijing gears up for a possible military showdown with the US under Donald Trump Presidency. The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out last month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The test of the inert warheads was monitored closely by US intelligence agencies, said two officials familiar with reports of the missile test.
The Dongfeng-5C missile, carrying 10 dummy warheads, was launched from the Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province, and flew to a desert in western China, the report said. The missile is a new variant of the DF-5, an intercontinental ballistic missile that first went into service in the early 1980’s. Continue reading