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Myanmar in advanced negotiations to licence-build JF-17 fighter

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by Agent_47, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. Agent_47

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    After deciding to purchase 16 JF-17 Thunder multi-role combat aircraft in 2015, Myanmar is now in advanced negotiations with Pakistan to also licence-build the third-generation fighter, defence industry sources in Yangon and sources close to the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) told Jane's in mid-January.

    If an agreement is reached, Myanmar's bid to manufacture the single-engine combat aircraft - co-developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and China's Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) - could mark a significant step forward in the country's efforts to expand its local defence industry.

    As the MAF phases out its obsolete fleet of F-7M Airguard and A-5C 'Fantan' combat aircraft purchased from China in the 1990s, licensed production of the JF-17 Thunder would also mean that the aircraft will likely become the MAF's workhorse over the coming decades in much the same way as it has moved to prominence within the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

    At least 70 of the fighters are in service with the PAF, with the first ones having entered service in 2009. Expectations are that the PAF will induct up to 150 JF-17 Thunder fighters in the coming years.

    The first of 16 imported JF-17s ordered by Myanmar are expected to go into service with the MAF later this year. Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources told Jane'sthat these aircraft will be of the Block II variant, which was first rolled out from the PAC's Kamra plant in 2015 and which, unlike the Block I variant, features an air-to-air refuelling capability and improved avionics and electronics.

    It is unclear whether later deliveries to the MAF will include the far more advanced Block III variant being produced at Kamra since last year. Sources told Jane's that in the context of ongoing negotiations on licensed production, Myanmar is seeking to produce the aircraft's Block III variant.

    http://www.janes.com/article/67387/myanmar-in-advanced-negotiations-to-licence-build-jf-17-fighter
     
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    Is There any Block 3 in sight??? ALL Talks and talks and post and yet they haven't finalized anything !
     
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    I hope we can get a contract from Myanmar to buy a few too!
     
  4. Abingdonboy

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    The way you are so quickly moving through the interations of the JF-17 points to serious failings in the basic design of the Thunder as well as the fact that this bird was rushed into service.
     
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    So the answer is NO? no block 3 in sight!?
     
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    I've seen some pakistani say mid-2018 for the Blk.3, I don't know if this is true but if it is it will cement my opinion that the Thunder is a poorly conceived and shoddily executed project. Do you see any other fighter going through so many blocks so rapidly? The PAF are going to have 3 different blocks of the Thunder entering service within a 5 year period, if that doesn't point to serious shortcomings in the basic design I don't know what does. In the same time the PAF has quite happily operated a single block (blk.52) of their F-16s with little demand to upgrade them.
     
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    We will train the pilots of the Myanmar airforce so they can operate their birds with exceptional skills. :wink:
     
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    To0 much speculation and nonsense articles calming too many stuff with NO clear answer.....so messed up the program is!... DID you see the wiki post on the JF17?? ... TOO funny !!!!
     
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    There is ZERO transparency with that project but what do you expect from Authoratarian China and the pakistani who have no interest in exposing the farce of this "Joint project" to their ignorant masses.
     
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    Joint Project!!! ... They can't even wipe there ass in the JF17 workshop without getting permission! :p
     
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    Lol, they banned me on *** for posting a picture of a Blk.2 JF-17 being flown in a cargo plane to Pakistan from a Chinese factory when they were bashing the LCA for being 100% imported!
     
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    Burma right now is one country which we cannot call hostile , its quite good. Its Military and Civil Society both has very good relations with India.

    And its one nation around India , which despite reeling under sanctions for years , and only major source of economic support from China , doesn't even let China interfere in its internal issues.
     
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    Bongo's :mrgreen: are hostile ,even though we shed blood for their independence. Majority Bangladeshi are very Islamic and have intense desire to expand their little caliphate, capturing land from infidels
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    Myanmar is militarily very strong and India is to big to handle otherwise expect another Pakistan in East:mrgreen:
    They want to fuel insurgency in Myanmar and NE but Hasina is not helping. Thats why they hate her and love Khalida:lol:
     
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    Do post that pic here :p
     
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