PDF THINK TANK: CONSULTANT
- Jun 14, 2006
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J31 remains a dark horse. The Chinese have been looking for someone who can finance the programme. They have been touting it to the Middle East, PAF amongst others. What PAF was hoping was the Chinese will develop it along with the J35 as their Naval fighter. However currently the situation remains unknown. When the picture becomes clearer PAF will make an assessment . When I mentioned the JFT, what I meant was that the news in our press from our people ( PAF) was that the Chinese have committed to 250 units. Whether this was true or not can be debated. However that did not come about. The PAF NOW will not commit to a programme that does not have Chinese custom.No I have no opinion on the j31. Having said that one has to ask why the J31 is being designed and is it export specific. If its export specific what tech will it bring to PAF that can neutralise the enemy threat. Additionally why are we not in the Turkish fighter program? They have offered it on a plate and we are still messing about.
Let's hope the future is good for Pakistan and its airforce but brother re j31 ... hard for me to say
The Ex PAF officers have repeatedly mentioned as a prospect in the 30s when PAF goes lòoming for 5th generation fighter. At that time it will compare this against the TFX whichever one is the better for it. The problem qith the TFX remains its engine which might have restrictions. How much progress the Turkish brothers make in the next 8-10 years remains to be seen and whether they have independence over the onwards selling of such engines remains to be seen. Irrespective, I think PAF will bide its time till the early/mid 30s.