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PAF always maintains highest state of professional excellence: Gen Raheel Sharif
By Saqib Nasir
Published: May 21, 2014
Express News screengrab of the army chief delivering his speech at the ceremony in Sargodha.
SARGODHA: Praising the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif remarked, “PAF has always maintained the highest state of operational preparedness and professional excellence.”
He was speaking at a ceremony in Sargodha that marked the re-equipment of 19 Squadron of the PAF with ex-Royal Jordanian F-16 aircrafts.
The army chief said that “this day will surely be remembered as a landmark in the history ofsherdils of PAF.”
He further added that the country’s air force has “measured up to the expectations of the people in safeguarding the sacred soil and skies of Pakistan.”
Speaking about the improvement in the relationship between the Pakistan and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as a result of the provision of new aircrafts, the COAS said that the “transfer of these fighting falcons on mutually beneficial terms has further strengthened the historic relationship.”
Fight against terrorism
Raheel Sharif stated that “the role of air power in modern day warfare has become increasingly important. In the event of military conflict an effective air force creates a favourable fighting environment for the national military effort and provides a position of advantage”.
Commenting on the efforts against the fight against terrorism, the Army chief further said that PAF and Pakistan Army were committed towards greater integration and cooperation in order to get the desire effects in this regard.
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Alan Warnes interviews Air-Marshal Sohail Gul Khan, Chairman PAC.
22nd January – 2014.
On 18 December 2013 the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) rolled out its 50th and final JF-17 Block 1 Thunder fighter aircraft during a ceremony at its Kamra facility, north of Islamabad, and announced the launch of Block 2 production. The events marked two key milestones for the program, which is a collaboration between China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation and the Pakistan Air Force-run PAC.
Funded by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence, the PAC is split into factories inside its own cantonment: the Aircraft Rebuild Factory (ARF), Mirage Rebuild Factory (MRF), Avionics Production Factory (APF) and Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF).
Of the company’s 13,000 employees, 60% are civilian and the rest are military. However, the JF-17 program is changing the dynamics at PAC. “AMF is producing PAF JF-17 Thunders, with assistance AVIC [Aviation Industry Corporation of China], to replace the [PAF’s] Chengdu F-7s and Dassault Mirages.
The ARF maintenance and repair work is in decline decline, but it will pick up soon in view of the JF-17 overhaul role being assigned to it. MRF will continue its main role of overhauling the Mirage aircraft. Five different types of jet engines are also being overhauled at MRF.
It has been four years since AMF commenced final assembly of the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 in June 2009, with the first aircraft leaving the production line in November 2009. Following handover of the final Block 1 platform in December 2013, Block 2 production will commence in the new year.
The ARF is preparing for its first overhaul of a JF-17. The fleet has flown over 10,000 hours (~210 flying hours / month) and the first jet will require its first major inspection when it reaches 800 flying hours by 2017/18.
With a new line of spares being sourced over the past couple of years, the PAF’s large fleet of Mirage III/V fighters are now going through their third major overhaul, known locally as GV-III. This will keep MRF busy for a few more years, as the PAF is expecting to ground the fleet by 2016/17. However it could soldier on for a few more years based on PAF needs.
PAC already has a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for the Pratt & Whitney F-100 engine that powers the F-16, engineer parts for the Boeing 777 [airliner] and overhaul the Rolls-Royce T56 engines for C-130s [Hercules transport aircraft].
PAC has the capacity to overhaul 10-12 engines a month, but are only overhauling about 10 a year for the PAF and its fleet of Hercules aircraft. The equipment is there; it would just need to increase the manpower. It’s a win-win situation for PAC as well as for the Western aerospace companies.
In other developments, a work-share agreement has been agreed with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). TAI has contracted PAC to build frames for their Anka UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] and are looking forward to collaborating with TAI on their attack helicopter program, There is huge potential for working together with TAI.
Both are interesting developments, as the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps is looking at a next-generation helicopter gunship to replace its ageing AH-1F/1S Cobra attack helicopters.
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show you chinese fighter plane
(PAC) Vice-Director and JF-17 sales &
marketing manager ACR Mahmood
This is where he stated adding new hp to bring total hp to 9
Let’s see what’s on block 3
8hp..this is confirmed already.