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Havelsan exports 1st electronic warfare test & training range to Pakistan

Pakistan’s Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range (EWTTR) ceremony was conducted on January 6, 2011, Turkish defence company Havelsan reported in an electronic press release on Wednesday.

Ceremony took place in the presence of Pakistan Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, Deputy Commander of Pakistan Air Force Air Marshall Muhammad Hassan, Undersecretary of Turkish Defense Industry Murad Bayar, General Manager of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation Hayrettin Uzun, HAVELSAN Chairman of the Board Rasim Arslan, Deputy Undersecretary of National Defense Major General Nihat Kökmen, HAVELSAN General Manager Dr. Faruk A. Yarman, Head of International Cooperation of SSM Lütfi Varoğlu and other senior officials in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Havelsan had already delivered the Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range System to Pakistan Air Force earlier in 2010. In July 2010 acceptance tests were successfully completed and the guarantee period was started.

EWTTR provides fully instrumented and integrated, near-real threat environment for all types of Electronic Warfare System Test and Pilot Training. Havelsan provides turn-key, original solutions to all Electronic Warfare Range needs and requirements.

EWTTR has been designed and implemented by Havelsan with no foreign licenses or support acquisition. EWTTR was delivered to the Turkish Airforce in 1999 and succesfully operated by Havelsan.

EWTTR features are :

■Various fully instrumented and integrated actual weapons systems,

■Various threat emitter simulators,

■Entirely modular structures,

■All weapon systems in the EWTTR offer the following in real-time : Data Collection, Data Recording, Visualization in 3D environment, Artillery and Missile Simulation,

■Various post-flight evaluation reports,

■Continuous development capability based on the needs and requirements.

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http://defense-update.com/wp/20110121_db-110_pakistan.html

Pakistan’s Falcons to Fly Five New Recce Pods

January 21, 2011

Goodrich Corporation has been awarded a US$72 million contract to equip Lockheed-Martin F-16 fighters of the Pakistan Air Force with five DB-110 dual-band (visual/IR) reconnaissance pods. The systems will be delivered with two fixed ground stations and one mobile ground station, each equipped with one datalink receiving system (a total of four ground receiving datalinks will be delivered).

The Pakistan Air Force plans to augment the new capability by establishing a ‘reconnaissance fusion center’, the current contract funds the initial study of such facility to be provided by Goodrich. The U.S. Air Force is assigning a private U.S. company to train Pakistani operators and technicians in supporting the new systems.

The Pakistani air force is already operating two similar recce pods, which will now be modified with suitable datalinks to match the new ground stations. According to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency ex-U.S. Air Force F-16A/B fighters transferred to the Pakistani Air Force in 2008 were prepared to operate reconnaissance pods. No such capability was mentioned for the new F-16 Block 52 aircraft although it is likely that the pods will also be employed by these fighters.

The Goodrich DB-110 recce pod is operational with the Polish and Hellenic NATO Air Forces. Recent sales were approved for the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Oman.

The DB-110 operates autonomously on the F-16, controlled by the pod’s reconnaissance management system. Imagery can be viewed on the F-16’s cockpit video display, enabling the pilot to verify targets and conduct tasks such as battle damage assessment. The real-time display also gives the pilot or aircrew more flexibility selecting alternate route to a selected target or seeking out targets of opportunity.

Goodrich’s DB-110 pod has become a standard reconnaissance pod for the F-16, included in almost every new sales package of this aircraft. The pod is operational with the Polish and Hellenic NATO Air Forces, Recent sales were authorized for the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Oman. The pod is also operated in its original ‘Raptor’ configuration, on Tornado GR4 and Japanese P-3C maritime patrol aircraft. Saudi Arabia has also been offered 10 DB-110 pods, yet to be integrated on their F-15SA Eagle as part of the latest multi-billion shopping spree of U.S. arms.

More recently the DB-110 system has also been modified to operate on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) such as the Reaper – demonstrating the capability to operate simultaneously with other UAV sensor systems, including full motion video short range imaging payloads, radars and weapons.

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PAF gets third air refuelling Ilyushin Il-78 Midas aircraft from Ukraine

January 30, 2011

By Wasim Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has received third air to air refuelling aircraft from Ukraine, which is likely to reach here in the first week of February 2011, sources disclosed. PAF purchased a total of four IL-78P Midas tanker aircraft from Ukraine.

The third aircraft is likely to arrive in the first week of February. These aircraft are equipped with Soviet-designed UPAZs pods and refuelling kits on Mirage-III Rose-I of South African origin.

In the first phase, PAF announced that 30 Mirage-III Rose-I will be upgraded with in-flight refuelling probes and this too, is being done at PAC Kamra.

The IL-78s will help train Pakistani crew in mid-air refuelling techniques and once operational, will be used to refuel the Mirage-III, eventually JF-17 Thunder and Fc-20 fighter jets.

These IL-78 Midas mid-air refuelling aircraft will allow PAF to increase the range and endurance of its fighter aircraft. The capability will also allow Pakistan to hit targets deep inside enemy territory by refuelling fighter aircraft during flight.

An official said that air-to-air refuelling will enhance PAF capability in military warfare allowing its aircraft long ranges.

The first air to air refuelling aircraft joined the force in mid of December 2009. PAF is using IL-78 aircraft that it procured from Ukraine for refuelling purposes and immediately installed refuelling kits to save cost.

It has been learnt that PAF operates around 45 F-16A/B that are being upgraded to F-16AM/BM along with 17 new F-16C/D Block 52.

So far, PAF has not shown any interest in new conformal air refuel tank system for F-16s to make them capable of taking fuel from IL-78 as its old F-16A/B can not carry conformal fuel tanks.

Source: Business Recorder

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JF-17 Thunder project a flagship of Pak-China friendship

February 8, 2011

KAMRA: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday extended full support for the continuity of JF-17 Thunder aircraft programme, and said the project would prove as a flagship of Pak-China friendship.

“This project can truly become as a flagship of our historic cooperation and strengthen our time-tested partnership,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a gathering of Pakistani and Chinese technicians during his visit to the JF-17 production facility at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex here.

Gilani lauded the pace of JF-17 Thunder programme which had moved into a serial production stage in a record time. He also acknowledged the role of Chinese experts for imparting technical know-how to the Pakistani technicians for the transfer of technology.

“The support provided by our Chinese friends in this, and in so many other common projects between Pakistan and China is greatly cherished by every Pakistani,” he said.

The Prime Minister termed the project a reflection of deeper bond between the two governments and the people.

“The success of the project would add another glorious chapter in our long history of cooperation,” he said.

Gilani went around different sections of the facility and expressed satisfaction that the project milestones were being accomplished in an efficient and timely manner.

He said Pakistan Airforce with an initiative like JF-17 program was not only rendering valuable services for strengthening the national defence but also providing a valuable opportunity to the youth.

“It is an opportunity involving a more constructive and positive approach to life that offers education, livelihood and training and leading to a better life,” he said.

Gilani exhorted all the personnel associated with the project to commit all “faculties of body and soul” for its success.

He expressed hope that with Allah’s blessing and commitment, many more laurels shall come in shape of timely completion of projects.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Salman said with the support of the government, twenty two JF-17 aircraft had been inducted into the 26th squadron of the PAF, while eight others were in various stages of tests and trials.

He said the aircraft, whose production began on June 13, 2009 and the first made-in-Pakistan rolled out on Nov 23, 2009, has successfully made its presence felt at the air shows at Farnborough, UK and Zhuhai, China. He said the aircraft also participated in the Highmark and the Azm-e-nau exercises.

He said a number of air forces around the world were eyeing the new entrant into the arena with keen interest.

The Air Chief presented to the Prime Minister a gift of a statue of an Air Force pilot - a symbol of determination to succeed despite all odds.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was apprised that Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra was now providing three major computer systems for the JF-17 aircraft.

These include Weapon Mission Management Computer, Electro-Mechanical Management Computer and Light Warning Computer.

The PAC was currently producing three aircraft a month and with a larger facility will be able to increase production and enable Pakistan earn a handsome foreign exchange.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Khalid Shamim Wyne, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh also accompanied the Prime Minister.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

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No breach made to save Jacobabad airbase, flood commission told

ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Flood Commission was informed on Tuesday that no breach was made in any bund by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to save its airbase in Jacobabad.

In its fourth meeting, the commission was briefed that the airbase in Jacobabad was already located on a high plain and that no breach was made in the Tori Bund by the air force.

It was revealed in the meeting that the Irrigation Department’s efficiency and output had been weakened due to recruitment of inefficient staff by corrupt recruiting authorities, which had resulted in lack of maintenance of protective bunds that were easily breached during the floods.

According to details, the Metrological Department’s acting director general, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission director, Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority managing director, representatives of Defence Ministry, army and Pakistan Air Force gave presentations to the commission. Daily Times staff report

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No breach made to save Jacobabad airbase, flood commission told

ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Flood Commission was informed on Tuesday that no breach was made in any bund by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to save its airbase in Jacobabad.

In its fourth meeting, the commission was briefed that the airbase in Jacobabad was already located on a high plain and that no breach was made in the Tori Bund by the air force.

It was revealed in the meeting that the Irrigation Department’s efficiency and output had been weakened due to recruitment of inefficient staff by corrupt recruiting authorities, which had resulted in lack of maintenance of protective bunds that were easily breached during the floods.

According to details, the Metrological Department’s acting director general, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission director, Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority managing director, representatives of Defence Ministry, army and Pakistan Air Force gave presentations to the commission. Daily Times staff report

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KAMRA, Feb 8 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday extended his government’s full support for the continuity of JF-17 Thunder aircraft programme, and said the project would prove a flagship of Pak-China friendship.“This project can truly become a flagship of our historic cooperation and strengthen our time-tested partnership,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a gathering of Pakistani and Chinese technicians during his visit to the JF-17 production facility here at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.

Gilani lauded the pace of JF-17 Thunder programme which had moved into serial production stage in a record time.

The cost-effective, multi-role combat aircraft has been specifically designed to meet the tactical and strategic needs of the Pakistan Air Force.

The first batch of the high performance, low-cost 50 JF-17 Thunder aircraft will be equipped with Chinese and Pakistani avionics and missiles, while later aircraft will sport more advanced radars and missiles.

Gilani, who earlier went around different sections of the facility, expressed satisfaction that the project milestones were being accomplished in an efficient and timely manner.

He also acknowledged role of Chinese experts for imparting technical know-how to the Pakistani technicians for the transfer of technology.

“The support provided by our Chinese friends in this, and in so many other common projects between Pakistan and China is greatly cherished by every Pakistani,” he said.

The Prime Minister termed the project a reflection of deeper bond between the two governments and the people.

“The success of the project would add another glorious chapter in our long history of cooperation,” he said.

He said Pakistan Air Force with a initiative like JF-17 program was not only rendering valuable services for strengthening the national defence but also providing a valuable opportunity to the youth.

“It is an opportunity involving a more constructive and positive approach to life that offers education, livelihood and training and leading to a better life,” he said.

Gilani exhorted all the personnel associated with the project to commit all “faculties of body and soul” for its success.

He expressed hope that with Allah’s blessing and commitment, many more laurels shall come in shape of timely completion of projects.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Suleman Qamar said that with the support of the government, 22 JF-17 aircraft had been inducted into the 26th squadron of the PAF, while eight others were in various stages of tests and trials.

He said the aircraft, whose production began on June 13, 2009 and the first made-in-Pakistan rolled out on 23rd Nov 2009, has successfully made its presence felt at the air shows at Farnborough, UK and Zhuhai, China. He said that the aircraft also participated in the Highmark and the Azm-e-Nau exercises.

He said a number of air forces around the world were eyeing the new entrant into the arena with keen interest.

The Air Chief presented to the Prime Minister a gift of a statue of an Air Force pilot - a symbol of determination to succeed despite all odds.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was apprised that Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra was now providing three major computer systems for the JF-17 aircraft.

These include Weapon Mission Management Computer, Electro-Mechanical Management Computer and Light Warning Computer.

The PAC was currently producing three aircraft a month and with a larger facility would be able to increase production and enable Pakistan earn a handsome foreign exchange.

According to information available from the PAC Kamra, the aircraft is capable of carrying some of the most modern and conventional weapons, including 70-100 Km range Beyond Visual Range missiles, infra red short range missiles, Air to sea missiles anti-radiation missiles, laser guided weapons, programmable delays cluster bombs runway penetration bombs, general purpose bombs and 23 mm double barrel gun.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Khalid Shamim Wyne, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, who also has the portfolio of Minister for Defence Production, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and the Governor of State Bank of pakistan also accompanied the Prime Minister.

source APP

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Some newsbits about the IL78MP refuel planes...

Two delivered as R9-001 (december 2009 c/n 0073478346 ex UR-76742) and R10-002 (october 2010 c/n 0073476277 ex UR-76730).

One just started flight testing as R10-003 (to be delivered in 2010 c/n 0063466998 ex UR-76675)

One going through refitting (c/n 0063467027 ex UR-76682)

One option (c/n 0073476277 ex UR-76730)

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Pakistan Air Chief Outlines Procurement Plans

MELBOURNE, Australia — Pakistan is in negotiations with the U.S. to get more Lockheed Martin F-16s over and above what it already has on order, while at the same time it develops its defense manufacturing capability to reduce its reliance on the U.S.

“We have plans to have more F-16s and are negotiating with the U.S. government for more,” says Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, the Pakistani air force chief of air staff. Rao spoke to Aviation Week here, where he was attending an air chiefs’ conference.

When asked how many more aircraft Pakistan wants, Rao declines to specify the number on the grounds that “we are still in the process of negotiations.” “It depends in what form and the time frame,” he adds.

In 2006 the U.S. Congress agreed to give Pakistan 28 F-16C/Ds under an excess-defense articles scheme. Pakistan recently received the first 14, but has yet to get the others. Rao says it is unclear when these aircraft will arrive and it is part of the current negotiations.

Pakistan has a total of 63 F-16s, of which 45 are A/Bs and 18 are C/Ds. Rao says all the A/Bs are to undergo a midlife upgrade and become C/D aircraft “close to block 50” standard. The first three A/Bs are now undergoing the upgrade at Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). “In 2013-2014 all of the A/Bs will have been upgraded to C/Ds.” He also says four other F-16s were sent to the U.S. for technical verification inspections so the upgrade kits could be developed that TAI will install.

While Pakistan is an ally of the U.S., it is also an ally of China. Pakistan, for example, is producing JF-17 fighters at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, a city in northern Pakistan. The JF-17 is a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan.

Rao says since becoming chief of air staff, he has made a concerted effort to increase the manufacturing capability of Pakistan’s defense industry. This is important because the country has in the past been subject to sanctions and embargoes, including by the U.S. over its nuclear weapons efforts.

Rao says Pakistan will have the second squadron of JF-17s enter operation at the end of March while simultaneously phasing out all of its Nanchang A-5s. The A-5 is a ground attack aircraft from China that was first produced in 1969.

“As for the Chengdu F-7s and Dassault Mirages, we will phase these out as we get JF-17s,” Rao says. “Some of Pakistan’s Mirages are the oldest in the world,” he says, adding that some were built in 1967. Phasing out the older Mirages is a top priority. The Mirages are difficult and costly to maintain because no one is producing spare parts for these aircraft anymore, he says. “We are getting secondhand parts, but we don’t know the history of these spare parts we are getting. It’s a flight safety issue and a nightmare for me,” he adds.

When asked about datalinks that could connect the F-16s to the JF-17s, Rao says Pakistan is working to develop its own solution. “We have Link 16 on the F-16s. We will not fiddle with Link 16 and not have direct linkages [between the JF-17s] with the F-16. However, we are trying to develop our own tactical datalink.” It will send information from the JF-17 to a ground station where there will be an interface, he says, adding there will be a short delay, and then the information will be sent to the F-16s.

Like with its fighters, Pakistan also has different types of airborne early warning and control aircraft. The country has three Saab Erieye aircraft and will receive its fourth by midyear, Rao says. This is its last Saab Erieye on order. Pakistan will also receive in the middle of the year its first Shaanxi ZDK-03. Pakistan has four on order, and the first rolled out of the Shaanxi Aircraft factory in November. But Rao says China is still busy installing the equipment and doing the necessary upgrades.

Another major requirement that Pakistan has is for UAVs. It already has Italian Selex Galileo Falco UAVs, and Rao says Pakistan has reached an agreement with the company whereby some Falcos will be made in Pakistan for the local market and export. Production will start in Pakistan this year, he says. In the past Pakistan reportedly wanted to have the Falco armed, a request that Italy rejected. Rao says the UAVs made in Pakistan will carry no weapons and will be for reconnaissance and surveillance, mostly of areas where insurgents and terrorists may be hiding.

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Pakistan In Negotiations For More F-16s

Mar 7, 2011

By Leithen Francis

Avalon, Australia

Pakistan is in negotiations with the U.S. to get more Lockheed Martin F-16s beyond those it has on order, while at the same time it is developing its defense manufacturing capability to reduce its reliance on the U.S.

Pakistan air force Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman disclosed this, though no firm numbers were given. Qamar spoke to Aviation Week in Melbourne, Australia, where he was attending an air chiefs’ conference.

In 2006 the U.S. Congress agreed to give Pakistan 28 F-16C/Ds under an excess defense articles initiative. The first 14 aircraft were recently delivered. Qamar says negotiations are ongoing for the remaining 14.

Pakistan has a total of 63 F-16s—45 A/Bs and 18 C/Ds. Qamar says all the A/Bs are to undergo a mid-life upgrade and become C/D aircraft “close to Block 50” standard by 2013-14. The first three A/Bs are being upgraded at Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Pakistan is also an ally of China, and the countries are jointly developing the JF-17 fighter, which is being produced at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra. Qamar says the second squadron of JF-17s will go into operation in late March, and at that time the Chinese Nanchang A-5, a ground attack aircraft, will begin to be phased out.

Qamar says he has made a concerted effort to increase the manufacturing capability of Pakistan’s defense industry because the country has, in the past, been subject to sanctions and embargoes.

Chengdu F-7s and Dassault Mirages will be phased out as we get JF-17s,” says Qamar. “Some of our Mirages are the oldest in the world,” dating back to 1967. Phasing these out is a top priority because they are difficult and costly to maintain; no one is producing spare parts for them anymore. “We are getting second-hand parts, but we don’t know” their provenance. “It’s a flight-safety issue and a nightmare for me,” he adds.

When asked about data links to tie F-16s to JF-17s, Qamar says Pakistan is working to develop its own solution. “We have Link 16 on the F-16s. We will not fiddle with Link 16 and not have direct linkages [between the JF-17s] with the F-16” He says an indigenous tactical data link is being worked on. It will send information from the JF-17 to a ground station where there will be an interface, he says, adding there will be a short delay, and then the information will be sent to the F-16s.

Pakistan also has different types of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. Pakistan has three Saab Erieyes and will receive its fourth mid-year, says Qamar. This is its last Saab Erieye on order. Pakistan is also due to receive mid-year its first Shaanxi ZDK-03. Four are on order and the first rolled out of the Shaanxi Aircraft factory last November.

Besides AEW&C aircraft, Qamar says, “we are talking to some Western companies about tankers.” The country now has four Ilyushin Il-78s.

And UAVs are eagerly sought. They already have Selex Galileo Falco UAVs, and Qamar says an agreement has been reached with the Italian company to allow some Falco UAVs to be made in Pakistan both for the local market and for export. Production will start this year, he says. In the past, Pakistan reportedly wanted to have the Falco armed, a request that Italy rejected. Qamar says the Falco UAVs made in Pakistan will carry no weapons and will be used for reconnaissance and surveillance, mostly of areas where terrorists may be entrenched.

A longer-term issue is whether Pakistan needs a fifth-generation fighter. Rival India, is teaming up with Russia to develop a fifth-generation fighter based on Russia’s T-50. When asked if Pakistan would like to be part of the Chengdu J-20, fifth-generation fighter program, Qamar says: “We don’t have any involvement in this development so far. This seems to be an indigenous effort and we will keenly watch it. Obviously, China is a very good friend.” But it will be years before the J-20 becomes operational in the Chinese air force, he adds.

Photo: Pakistan Air Force

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=defense&id=news/awst/2011/03/07/AW_03_07_2011_p28-293761.xml&headline=Pakistan%20In%20Negotiations%20For%20More%20F-16s

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PAF to roll out 2nd squadron of JF-17 fighter jets by end of month

March 8, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Airforce enhancing its production capacity of JF_17 thunder fighter jets would roll out second squadron of the fighter jets by the end of this month.

Pakistani JF-17 Thunder aircraft is an advanced multi-role light combat aircraft jointly developed by Chengdu and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex under a strategic collaboration project. The aircraft is designed to be cost-effective and can meet the tactical and strategic needs of the Pakistan Air Force, and various other air forces.

According to defense sources quoted by a private TV channel, the production capacity of these fighter jets would be enhanced by the PAF and 50 such fighter jets would be produced in Pakistan by the end of this year.

The sources also told that the JF-17 thunder fighter jets would replace the A-5 fighter jet bombers Pakistan has invested US $600 million in this project to induct a new generation of multiple-role jet fighters in the PAF’s inventory.

http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=176107

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google translation:

China and Pakistan hold joint air force training in Pakistan

Summary: A reporter from the Department of Defense News 5 Bureau was informed that 5 to 30 March, China and Pakistan Air Force will be held in Pakistan, code-named "Eagle -1" of the Pakistan Air Force joint training. The main purpose of this joint training is to learn from each other and promote friendship and cooperation. (Xinhua Hou Lijun)

http://news.china.com.cn/rollnews/2011-03/07/content_6692652.htm

also:

Joint drill with PAF kick starts

BEIJING -- Chinese and Pakistani air forces Saturday kicked off a joint drill in Pakistan, according to the Information Office of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

The drill, code-named "Shaheen-1", will continue through March 30, sources with the ministry said.

The joint military drill, aiming at learning from each other and promoting friendly cooperation, does not target any third party, the sources noted...

http://dailymailnews.com/0311/06/ChinaPage/index.php?id=4

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Pakistan plans to buy more F-16sBy Anwar Iqbal

“We will take as many as they are willing to give,” said a diplomatic source when asked how many of these aircraft Pakistan was seeking. — File Photo

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to purchase used F-16 fighter jets from the United States to enhance its air capabilities, diplomatic sources told.

“We will take as many as they are willing to give,” said a diplomatic source when asked how many of these aircraft Pakistan was seeking.

In 2006, the US Congress agreed to give Pakistan 28 F-16C/Ds under its EDA or excess defence articles initiative. Fourteen of these aircraft have already been delivered.

These are the same that Pakistan purchased from the United States in the 1980s but EDA equipment is almost cost-free. Some of these aircraft are used for extracting serviceable parts for the existing fleet while those fit for overhauling are inducted into the air force. “Because of the disparity with India, our needs are huge,” said the diplomatic source. “Ideally, we should buy new F-16s but the current economy does not allow us to pay $40-50 million a piece.”

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a lightweight, compact fighter aircraft designed to perform a wide range of military missions. More than 4,000 F-16s have been or will be produced for 24 nations worldwide.

Meanwhile, the US media quoted Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman as saying that while negotiating with the US for more aircraft, Pakistan was simultaneously developing its defence manufacturing capability to reduce its reliance on America.

According to these reports, he told an air chiefs` conference in Melbourne, Australia, that he had made a concerted effort to increase the manufacturing capability of Pakistan`s defence industry because the country has been subject to sanctions and embargoes in the past.

When asked about data links to tie F-16s to JF-17s, Air Chief Marshal Qamar said that Pakistan was working to develop its own solution.

“We have Link 16 on the F-16s. We will not fiddle with Link 16 and not have direct linkages [between the JF-17s] with the F-16,” he said. Pakistan also has different types of airborne early warning and control (AEW and C) aircraft.

Besides AEW and C aircraft, the air force chief said, “We are talking to some western companies about tankers too.”

When asked if Pakistan would like to be part of the Chengdu J-20, fifth-generation fighter programme, the air chief said: “We don`t have any involvement in this development so far. This seems to be an indigenous effort and we will keenly watch it. Obviously, China is a very good friend.” But it will be years before the J-20 becomes operational in the Chinese air force, he added.

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No.5 Squadron gets the Blk 52s

11/03/2011

Pak equips its squadrons with newly inducted F-16 combat jets

Rezaul H Laskar

Islamabad, Mar 10 (PTI) The Pakistan Air Force today announced that one of its squadrons had been re-equipped with newly inducted F-16 combat jets.

Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and PAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman attended the ceremony at Jacobabad airbase in Sindh province to mark the re-equipping of No 5 Squadron with the F-16 C/D Block 52 jets.

The unit, one of the oldest squadrons of PAF, was previously flew Mirage jets.

The squadron colour was presented to its commander during a re-equipment ceremony parade.

Later, a formation of Mirage and F-16 jets presented a fly-past.

Kayani, in his address, noted that Pakistan was "at war with terrorists who have disrupted peace and stability in the region and threatened our way of life".

Pakistan''s armed forces have been battling terrorists since 2004 and PAF had played a "critical" role in these operations, he said.

Suleman said PAF''s focus had shifted from "traditional threat-based development to development based on capabilities enhancement".

PAF has made efforts to cover the "entire spectrum of air warfare" to counter internal and external challenges, he said.

"With the induction of Block 52 F-16s, AEW (airborne early warning aircraft), aerial re-fuellers and a multi-layered air defence system, PAF now has the capability to respond to various threats being faced by nation with efficiency and safety," Suleman said.

"Whenever required, we will employ our assets, including these F-16s, to defend our nation and its freedom, against any aggressor, be it external or internal," he added.

Pakistan has received 18 F-16 C/D Block 52 aircraft from the US.

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Pakistan In Negotiations For More F-16s

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/awst/2011/03/07/AW_03_07_2011_p28-293761.xml&channel=defense

By Leithen Francis

Avalon, Australia

Pakistan is in negotiations with the U.S. to get more Lockheed Martin F-16s beyond those it has on order, while at the same time it is developing its defense manufacturing capability to reduce its reliance on the U.S.

Pakistan air force Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman disclosed this, though no firm numbers were given. Qamar spoke to Aviation Week in Melbourne, Australia, where he was attending an air chiefs’ conference.

In 2006 the U.S. Congress agreed to give Pakistan 28 F-16C/Ds under an excess defense articles initiative. The first 14 aircraft were recently delivered. Qamar says negotiations are ongoing for the remaining 14.

Pakistan has a total of 63 F-16s—45 A/Bs and 18 C/Ds. Qamar says all the A/Bs are to undergo a mid-life upgrade and become C/D aircraft “close to Block 50” standard by 2013-14. The first three A/Bs are being upgraded at Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Pakistan is also an ally of China, and the countries are jointly developing the JF-17 fighter, which is being produced at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra. Qamar says the second squadron of JF-17s will go into operation in late March, and at that time the Chinese Nanchang A-5, a ground attack aircraft, will begin to be phased out.

Qamar says he has made a concerted effort to increase the manufacturing capability of Pakistan’s defense industry because the country has, in the past, been subject to sanctions and embargoes.

Chengdu F-7s and Dassault Mirages will be phased out as we get JF-17s,” says Qamar. “Some of our Mirages are the oldest in the world,” dating back to 1967. Phasing these out is a top priority because they are difficult and costly to maintain; no one is producing spare parts for them anymore. “We are getting second-hand parts, but we don’t know” their provenance. “It’s a flight-safety issue and a nightmare for me,” he adds.

When asked about data links to tie F-16s to JF-17s, Qamar says Pakistan is working to develop its own solution. “We have Link 16 on the F-16s. We will not fiddle with Link 16 and not have direct linkages [between the JF-17s] with the F-16” He says an indigenous tactical data link is being worked on. It will send information from the JF-17 to a ground station where there will be an interface, he says, adding there will be a short delay, and then the information will be sent to the F-16s.

Pakistan also has different types of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. Pakistan has three Saab Erieyes and will receive its fourth mid-year, says Qamar. This is its last Saab Erieye on order. Pakistan is also due to receive mid-year its first Shaanxi ZDK-03. Four are on order and the first rolled out of the Shaanxi Aircraft factory last November.

Besides AEW&C aircraft, Qamar says, “we are talking to some Western companies about tankers.” The country now has four Ilyushin Il-78s.

And UAVs are eagerly sought. They already have Selex Galileo Falco UAVs, and Qamar says an agreement has been reached with the Italian company to allow some Falco UAVs to be made in Pakistan both for the local market and for export. Production will start this year, he says. In the past, Pakistan reportedly wanted to have the Falco armed, a request that Italy rejected. Qamar says the Falco UAVs made in Pakistan will carry no weapons and will be used for reconnaissance and surveillance, mostly of areas where terrorists may be entrenched.

A longer-term issue is whether Pakistan needs a fifth-generation fighter. Rival India, is teaming up with Russia to develop a fifth-generation fighter based on Russia’s T-50. When asked if Pakistan would like to be part of the Chengdu J-20, fifth-generation fighter program, Qamar says: “We don’t have any involvement in this development so far. This seems to be an indigenous effort and we will keenly watch it. Obviously, China is a very good friend.” But it will be years before the J-20 becomes operational in the Chinese air force, he adds.

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Army Chief lauds PAF role in counter terrorism operations ISLAMABAD, Mar 10 (APP): General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of the Army Staff said on Thursday that the role of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been critical in war against terror and Pakistan Army fully appreciates the high level of professionalism displayed by PAF in all counter terrorist operations. This he said while speaking as chief guest during a re-equipment ceremony of No 5 Squadron of Pakistan Air Force held at PAF Base, Shahbaz (Jacobabad) on Thursday,said a press release issued here.

No 5 Squadron, one of the oldest squadrons of the PAF, previously equipped with Mirage aircraft has now been re-equipped with newly inducted state-of-the-art F-16 C/D Block 52+ aircraft.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force also attended the ceremony along with other senior civil and military officials.

The Chief of the Army Staff said, “Pakistan is at war with terrorists, who have disrupted peace and stability in the region and threatened our way of life. Pakistan Armed Forces have been battling these elements since 2004. These operations have been conducted through unprecedented close cooperation and support of PAF.”

Speaking at the occasion, the Air Chief said, “The first decade of 21 century has seen PAF transforming into a modern and versatile force. Our focus has shifted from the traditional threat based development to development based on capabilities enhancement. Our effort has been to cover entire spectrum of Air Warfare to counter all internal as well as external challenges.

“Let me take this opportunity to reaffirm and reiterate that PAF will always provide effective support to our land forces in their operations against all internal as well as external enemies of Pakistan. With the induction of Block 52 F-16s, AEW, Aerial re-fuellers and a multi layered Air Defence system; PAF now has the capability to respond to various threats being faced by nation, with efficiency and safety. We have a mission to maintain peace with honour in this volatile region in these uncertain times,he said.

He said “It is PAF’s commitment to the nation that despite all odds, our resolve to defend the country shall remain unshakable. Whenever required, we will employ our assets, including these F-16s, to defend our nation and its freedom, against any aggressor, be it external or internal.”

Pakistan Air Force received 18 state-of-the-art F-16 C/D Block 52+ aircraft in different batches from USA and the delivery was completed in December 2010.

A re-equipment ceremony parade was also held on the occasion, in which the squadron color was presented to the squadron commander.

Later, a formation of Mirage and F-16 Block 52 aircraft presented a fly-past. Ex squadron commanders of this elite squadron were also present at the occasion; notable among them was Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Hakimullah.

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JF-17 fighter aircrafts inducted in PAF

Updated at 21:39 PST Monday, April 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD: JF-17 Thunder Jet fighters have been inducted into the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s 26th Squadron, a PAF spokesperson told Geo News on Monday.

The JF-17 Thunder fighter aircrafts have been designed in collaboration with China but have been manufactured indigenously.

The induction took place during a special ceremony at a PAF operational base, spokesperson said.

PAF chief Rao Qamar Suleman made an address during the ceremony and thanked the Chinese government for its cooperation in preparing the jets.

He said Pakistan is in a state of war and the air force will do everything in its power to defend the nation.

The 26th Squadron previously had A5 fighters aircraft only and that the JF-17 Jets will also be soon inducted in the 16th Squadron as well.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14004

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DATE:11/04/11

SOURCE:Flight International

China sends fighters to Pakistan for exercise

By Greg Waldron

China and Pakistan have conducted a joint-air exercise called Shaheen-1, which saw the first ever deployment of a Chinese air force contingent to Pakistan.

"A contingent of Chinese PLA air force comprising combat aircraft, pilots and technicians arrived at an operational base of the Pakistan air force," the latter service says. "The exercise has been designed to share mutual experiences, hone professional skills, and accrue maximum benefits from the expertise of the two air forces."

Pakistan has not disclosed details about the types of aircraft involved, the missions performed, the location of the exercise, or the total number of personnel involved. The only official image shows 24 officers, 12 Pakistani and 12 Chinese.

The exercise took place over two weeks in March.

China and Pakistan have a long history of defence collaboration. Most recently the two countries co-developed the Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter. The Pakistan air force also had a prominent presence at 2010's Air Show China in Zhuhai, with a large chalet and several aircraft on display.

At the November show Zeng Wen, vice-president of the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation, said Pakistan had 50 firm orders for the JF-17, but could end up buying 200. The nation's first two full-strength JF-17 squadrons are in the process of becoming fully operational.

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Tactical Communications Group wins Pakistan Air Force contract

Tactical Communications Group (TCG), the leading independent provider of tactical data link (TDL) software solutions for military test, training, simulation and operational applications worldwide, received its fourth consecutive order from the US Air Forces' Electronic Systems Center (ESC) for a Ground Support System (GSS) for use by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). TCG's GSS solution for the (PAF) will provide their pilots a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) capability to support Link 16 simulation training and operations situational awareness on Pakistani F-16 aircraft.

By using the GSS, PAF will now be able to connect to airborne networks at a low cost and conduct efficient and effective training of network operators and aviation personnel. The TCG system will also provide growth options for additional data link networking for operational and maintenance training on the system and its components in Southeastern Pakistan. The GSS can be easily and affordably adapted to their F16 fleet applications and has been proven in the US and in over twelve worldwide locations, including countries throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Pacific Rim Air Bases.

"This customer win signifies the traction TCG's systems are getting in the international military arena," said Ed Durkin TCG's CEO. "We are providing the Pakistani Air Force the best possible ground link 16 capability at an affordable price. TCG's GSS solution is an extension of its proven COTS Ground Tactical Data Link System (GTS) and was chosen for its comprehensive operational and training design, and capabilities. We are confident it will meet the Pakistani's mission requirements moving forward, and are pleased to win this competitive FMS award."

ESC announced TCG's selection in February after a competitive process starting with an RFP release in October 2010 for one (1) tactical ground support system which was able to provide the capability of transmitting, receiving, and recording Link 16 network transmissions, a stable navigation source, and emulated Command and Control (C2) and non-C2 platform transmissions. TCG will deliver the GSS to the US Government and then subsequently install and test the system in Pakistan with new requested optional features to be added shortly thereafter.

TCG's Ground Support System (GSS) is intended to support training and operational needs of end users who work with Link 16 TDL networks, whether it is used as the first line platform training tool for new data link users or it is used as an exerciser for interoperability testing and training. The Multi-TADIL GSS is an extension of the Link 16 GSS and offers multiple data links. For these multi-link applications there may also be translation and forwarding capabilities embedded in the GSS. The Multi-TADIL GSS includes tools that are found in large scale Command and Control (C2) environments. There is a sophisticated simulator and message generator to support platform integration of data link environments. The GSS also implements a scenario generator that can establish a repeatable test program for platform test. The data recorder and playback functions allow the test activity to analyze test activities and provide a post test data analysis. The playback functions also allow the platform operators to evaluate tactics and procedures

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Pakistan Air Force to Purchase 4 Chinese SAM Systems

In an interview with the Global Times newspaper, Rao Qamar Suleman, air chief marshal of the Pakistan Air Force has confirmed the rumors that Pakistan Air Force will purchase up to four Chinese Surface-to-Air Missiles to meet its airdefence needs.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Suleman has said that Pakistan air force is evaluating, different Chinese surface-to-air missiles for the purchase of 3 to 4 SAM systems. One of the systems under evaluation is "HQ-18"surface-to-air missile system.

As per Jane's Defence weekly Hong Qi-18 (HQ-18) surface to air missile system is Chinese version based on the S-300 that is also known as SA-12A "Gladiator". HQ-18 system has a range of 100 km and it can be used against short-range ballistic and cruise missiles as well as against aircraft.

Another surface to air missile that may be under consideration is China's indigenously developed HQ-12 / KS-1A SAM. These surface-to-air missiles are available with two engagement radars H-200 phased array radar and SJ-231 phased array radar.

The SJ-231 radar system for the KS-1A/HQ-12 SAM system is based on the on the HT-233 PESA engagement radar which is associated with the advance Chinese surface-to-air missile system HQ-9 / FD-2000. SJ-231 is a self propelled radar.

Cortesy:Global Times/PMR

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