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Pakistan Air Force: News & Discussions

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by Tailchopper, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. oikare

    oikare Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Todays suprises in military buisness.

    Thinking Pakistan and China then to Britain plus 3 more.
     
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    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    PAF F-16 MLU-MIII jets in Konya Turkey for Anatolian Eagles exercises.



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    lookieloo 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Gotta admit, I like these little planes; though I must say that Pakistan could have had essentially the same thing ~30 years ago.

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    The Tigershark wasn't better than the Mirage III/V.
     
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    lookieloo 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Um... alrighty then. Nice job explaining that one.:biggthumpup:
     
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    CHINA-PAKISTAN JF-17 FIGHTER PROBLEMS

    China’s program of jointly building jet fighters with Pakistan is running into design and other technical problems, according to Asian military sources. Islamabad turned to China for jets after the United States blocked the sale of additional F-16 jet fighters to Pakistan in 1989. They are now co-producing a third-generation fighter called the JF-17.

    Pakistan has been flying JF-17s since 2007 and now has a fleet of around 60 jets, the first of an expected 250 fighters that will replace obsolete Mirage and F-7 Russian-design jets. According to the sources, the JF-17 is troubled with a number of design, operational and maintenance problems and limitations.

    They include a weak wing design that resulted in the sudden in-flight breakup in November 2011 of the wing of a JF-17. An investigation concluded that the wing design was bad since it could support the weight of wing-mounted missiles and launchers. The wing problem was fixed, but current loads are limited to 1,000 pounds.

    Also, based on the wing design problem, the jet’s maneuverability was downgraded, limiting flight characteristics.

    Other problems include faulty computer software that freezes pilot command systems. The software has resulted in pilots being unable to launch missiles and bombs.

    The jet also suffers from multiple engine problems because of its Russian RD-93 engine. The engine’s frequent breakdowns have resulted in lengthy delays for repairs.

    Also, JF-17s are unable to conduct air-to-air refueling, severely limiting range. A retrofit of aerial refueling gear is being installed with the first two jets capable of in-flight refueling to be ready by the end of the year.

    JF-17s also lack targeting pods, crucial for precision-strike capabilities for air-to-ground bombs and missiles. China and Turkey are currently studying adding the pods.

    Also, JF-17s are unable to fly at night and can operate only in daylight or dusk operations, another severe limitation. The JF-17 also lacks airborne self-defense jammers, making the aircraft vulnerable to electronic warfare aircraft, and its radar lacks range in its look-down, shoot-down mode.

    Cockpit displays also are outdated. They lack the helmet “heads up” display, and the friend-or-foe identification system has not met promised specifications.

    According to one military source, “the current status of the JF-17 aircraft being jointly marketed by China and Pakistan does not in any way qualify to be a state-of-the-art aircraft and, more so, China has not inducted a single JF-17 in its inventory.”

    Rick Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, agreed that the jet has problems.

    “Nobody will contest that the Chengdu JF-17/FC-1 is a work in progress and that it will evolve significantly over its service life,” said Mr. Fisher, aChina military expert.

    Among potential customers for the JF-17 are Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Venezuela, Argentina, Azerbaijan and Zambia.

    Mr. Fisher said the Asian military assessment is interesting, but in the current global fighter market, the jet “offers the best performing fighter aircraft for the price” — around $25 million to $35 million per jet, or up to 33 percent less expensive than a new U.S. F-16.

    “But its Chinese air-to-air and ground-attack weapons make it almost as capable as much more expensive Western and Russian aircraft,” he said.

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