DSA 2016: Pakistan bullish on JF-17 sales Richard D Fisher Jr, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
20 April 2016
Despite a high-profile reversal for the JF-17 fighter in Malaysia last December, officials from the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) attending the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2016 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur remain optimistic about regional sales and offered details about the fighter co-developed with China's Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group.
A Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder at the 2015 Paris Air Show. (IHS/Patrick Allen)
In December 2015 Malaysia's high commissioner to Pakistan said Malaysia was considering purchasing the JF-17 and might make a decision "very soon". Malaysia's defense minister denied this the following day.
Nevertheless, PAC officials attending DSA remain optimistic about a future sale to Malaysia. Myanmar has been widely reported as the first JF-17 customer.