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Pakistan Goes All Out To Sell JF-17 Fighter Jet To Sri Lanka

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by PeegooFeng41, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. PeegooFeng41

    PeegooFeng41 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2017/...l-out-to-sell-jf-17-fighter-jet-to-sri-lanka/

    Pakistan Goes All Out To Sell JF-17 Fighter Jet To Sri Lanka

    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’.

    Pakistan has maintained incessant pressure, both on the political leadership and the SLAF to confirm the deal. In this process, not only has Pakistan offered sops to the SLAF like ‘buy one JF-17 and get one F-7 free’, gratis post-sale maintenance and training to SLAF pilots etc., but it is alleged to be also using the ‘kickbacks route’ and which has been reported by the Sri Lankan media.

    Therefore, taking a leaf out of China’s modus operandi during the former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s regime where big ticket projects like the Colombo Port City Project were bagged by the Chinese by paying off huge bribes, Pakistan is alleged to have paid kickbacks to some senior bureaucrats in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry and the SLAF, apart from targeting family members of top political leaders. However, whether Pakistan has been successful in compromising the Sri Lankans is not known and could not be independently verified.

    According to sources, Pakistan has attempted to reach out to the key political leaders and officials through two separate entities that have been assigned for this task. One is a front company of the Pakistan Air Force, with links and a base in Colombo. This team is being assisted by a former Pakistan High Commissioner in Colombo. Separately, the Pakistani side has approached a Singapore-based consultancy group specialising in dubious arms deals to follow-up on the sale of the aircraft.

    The Pakistani government’s strong arm tactics with Sri Lanka by playing up its role in the war against the LTTE and now the offer for ‘kickbacks’ as reported earlier by ‘The Sunday Leader’ in Sri Lanka has compelled the country to revisit its earlier decision to dump the deal.

    It is yet to be seen whether Pakistan will be successful in inking this deal with the Sri Lankans, for the sale of an aircraft whose quality and operational capability has been in question. However all indications are, as per informed sources, that Sri Lanka will not compromise on its national interest despite the reported build-up of new pressure by Islamabad since the issue was first reported by ‘The Sunday Leader’ last year.

    (Currently I am listening to Firework -- Katy Perry; while watching Interview)
     
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  2. Grevion

    Grevion Think Tank TROLL ELITE MEMBER

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    The title of the thread though:lol:
    Whatever kickbacks the Pakistan has to offer we can pay the double for cancelling the deal. Plus our tejas is not so technically inferior.....
     
  3. MilSpec

    MilSpec Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    SLAF should be smart here and grab on to the deal, it sounds exceptional, to get f7+jf for a price of jf
     
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    @MilSpec as a moderator, you shouldn't make fun
     
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    MilSpec Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    I do mean it. It is literally an amazing deal in all seriousness.
     
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    Yeh redi kahan pe lagi hai?
     
  7. kaku

    kaku Major Technical Analyst

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    Mast offer hai.

    What i need to do to grab this lightning offer? Flipkart par milega?
     
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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    This news is most likely bogus.

    At a time when PAF is itself staring at a massive aging fleet with only one kind of airframe it can afford to induct.
    Its not possible that they can jeopardise whatever little force modernization plan they have by giving their planes for free. Just so can they can strike a deal to earn some PR success nd some money from whatever little inputs they have in jf17 .
     
  9. PeegooFeng41

    PeegooFeng41 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Janaab, you can read it yourself in Sri Lankan news paper. The Sunday Leader is one of their decent news paper, a bit of nationalist too.
     
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    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    Seriously Chief!
     
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    nair Die hard Romeo Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Sorry had to edit the thread title..... (btw i liked it but against the rules :) )

    Actually a good offer...... Eik ke saath Eik free......
     
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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I have zero faith in any media source these days.
     
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    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    The larger issue here is, What does SL government think of this deal.
    Hambantota Port Project is already in so many controversies with some violent protests too. So any arms deal with SL through Pakistan proxy might not be seen in kind light by some section, owing to Chinese connection.
    JF-17 isn't a bad aircraft if one analyses it vis a vis price tag and given not so ambitious requirements of SL AF, so won't be a surprise if SL goes ahead and buys JF-17. but yes that JF-7 offer for free looks a bit funny.
     
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    PeegooFeng41 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    No problem sir ji, no problem. Anyways it stayed for quite sometime and gave giggles to enough guys and gals.
     
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    Bregs 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Lol what a desperation, selling aircraft on buy one get one free :bounce-grn:
     

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