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  1. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Iran expresses readiness to accept Pakistani investment in Chabahar

    Pakistan needs to control energy. I'm not sure if localizing energy production (via coal) is totally feasible, so we need an arrangement with another country that brings our energy costs to $0. If that means an IPI where we get gas for a lower cost and can charge a toll fee for gas going to...
  2. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    The concept of a universal VLS does exist, but in the US/Europe. In the East, I don't think it's...

    The concept of a universal VLS does exist, but in the US/Europe. In the East, I don't think it's a thing yet, but I bet the Chinese are studying the idea and would look to implement it.
  3. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    It was a turboprop commuter aircraft. I think it may still be about, but they didn't set a real vision for a jet airliner.
  4. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    There are only 28 Lineage 1000E. However, the Lineage 1000E is technically identical to the Embraer E190 (a few hundred are out there), except it has additional fuel tanks (added to the cargo area) for range. But the Lineage draws on the exact same maintenance/support channel as the E190. So...
  5. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Pakistan F-16 Discussions 2

    IMO the facts don't necessarily point to that conclusion. Be it the Reps or Dems, the US isn't going to change its tract on Pakistan. Yes, the degree of harshness can vary between one administration or the other, but the general point is the same: cut Pakistan out. India isn't going to play...
  6. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    I get that would probably be a more realistic option, but the prestige lies in a carrier with manned fighters. It's totally NOT on the PN's roadmap, but I wish for it: 45,000-tons, nuclear reactor, CATOBAR, and 2 fighter squadrons comprising of a marinized variant of AZM. But it's just a wish.
  7. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    It depends on the size of the ballistic missile. It can be as compact as the SY-400 -- i.e., a variant of the CM400AKG. If the JF-17 can carry the CM400AKG, then the Type 054A/P could possibly carry the SY-400. This is the SY-400. It could potentially fit in an existing VLS -- the HQ-16 has a...
  8. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    I think based on the criteria the ex-CNS laid out, any Damen ship larger than the Yarmouk-class is a possibility, including POLA, Crossover, etc. It'll ultimately depend on the PN's budget and CONOPS. If the PN's looking for large OPV then I think they'll want to retain max flexibility...
  9. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    I think it's probably to have enough space in the ship for AShW, ASW and AAW (i.e., VLS) modules. So, they'll buy and induct the ships as OPVs, but later on, add AShW/ASW/AAW so that the ships can offer a wartime role.
  10. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    IIRC the PN didn't say it wants a 6,000+ ton (or any specific tonnage), it just said '6 more ships of larger tonnage.' So if they're talking to Damen, it could simply be 2,400+ ton OPVs based on the Yarmouk-series. The PN doesn't need the SIGMA because it already has the MILGEM. I think the...
  11. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Commander Iraqi Air Force, along with his delegation visited Air Headquarters & JSHQ

    Maybe buy their F-16s and guarantee them a purchase slot for AZM. They may or may not buy it, but make it seem that access to that jet won't be as liberal as the Mushak
  12. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Pakistan Navy | News & Discussions.

    I heard it from Usman Ansari. I trust him on the info. That said, we did get approvals for the Damen OPVs and MILGEM (but we opted for GE instead). The new LRMPA work may also take place at RAS. So, the issue isn't our ties with Germany, it's the massive pressure the US is putting on China.
  13. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Pakistan Navy | News & Discussions.

    The PN's mods involved getting German diesel engines, but Germany wasn't very comfortable working with the Chinese on this issue. Probably US pressure on Germany to co-isolate China. That said the limit may be to the 8 Hangor SSPs, so if the NRDI comes up with its own sub (aka more Hangors), the...
  14. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    It's worth recalling that Damen is one of those companies that frequently engages in offsets. This is why they have shipyards outside of Romania et. al. So if the PN is contracting them another 6 ships, especially frigates (which would cost at least $2 billion USD), then some of that money...
  15. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Project "AZM" : STEALTH AMBITION Project

    The Turks may try developing a 87-92 kN-class engine for the Hurjet. I think we should look at co-funding it (or the 132 kN TR Motor engine) for use on AZM -- depending on the size class of AZM. I don't think any of those engines would factor into anything for 15 years, if not longer, but it's...
  16. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Should The Pakistan Navy build a Mobile Base Ship?

    Well, it looks like a solution you'd have in lieu of an LHD. I was just wondering ... what happens if we can get an LHD, but we already have Mobile Naval Bases? It'd be a situation where we have solutions that did the job for 5-10 years, but now, there's a better option, yet we still need to...
  17. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Should The Pakistan Navy build a Mobile Base Ship?

    It's an interesting idea, but bear in mind, a ship is always a long-term investment. Basically, a Mobile Naval Base may be useful for 5-10 years, but it's a cost we'll have to eat for 20-30 years, if not longer. In this case, why not move straight ahead to the LHD and get more mileage out of it?
  18. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    Featured Ex PN Chief Zafar Mehmood Abbasi highlighted PN modernization

    I think the PN expects coastal infrastructure to grow, especially in Baluchistan. We'll have more assets to defend, hence the need to grow the Marines. One other aspect could be to boost our ability to support multinational or coalition operations, e.g., have more deployable/expeditionary...
  19. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

    New fighter for PAF Doctrine?

    I agree, I was more referring to the range and payload characteristics you would need for deep strike ops. I don't think aircraft in with those specifications are available to us. Even if we can buy the aircraft (such as the Typhoon), the supplier's SOWs aren't available to us (e.g., SCALP), and...
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