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Jul 12, 2013
South Africa
South Africa
No, it's the exact opposite.

We got the ToT for Agosta 90B to manufacture from external inputs, but lack the indigenous capacity to build those critical inputs (e.g., steel, engine, etc). When the PN didn't want additional Agosta 90B, or was unable to secure the inputs via France, that entire project died after the first 3 ships.

Let's say, theoretically, the PAF commits to 90 J-10CEs.

Well, instead of assembling them in Pakistan, we put that money towards indigenizing certain components so that we can domestically sustain the fighters. That would mean developing capacity for composites, aero-structure design and manufacturing, and possibly remanufacturing (albeit with OEM guidance) for mid-life-updates and zero-houring airframes in 15-20 years. This is the type of capability South Africa achieved when it remanufactured Mirages into Cheetahs.

As long as the PAF operates the J-10CE, that particular industry base will always have work. However, as it benefits from PAF contracts through the long-run, the industry can reinvest and grow. As South Africa's Atlas built that Mirage sustainment capacity, it got the confidence (at the policy and industry level) to undertake their homegrown Carver multi-role fighter. Thoughts, @denel ?

In this case, we're basically forgetting about assembling, but building some of the things that you'd need to make J-10CEs. It doesn't mean we can make J-10CEs on our own, but we build enough expertise in both the public and private sector to better take on an indigenous fighter at a later time, instead of running-and-gunning blind.
Correct bilal. But here is the difference, we had been into the aerospace with parts for much longer. Next was the local builds variants for Impala with several mods. Even today, there are two key aeronautical programs either via Wits or NWU - the later where they are producing world class power gliders. Sling is another classical product - home grown and now largest export; did we see Super Masq.. take the leap forward and go right up to private plane airshows - no; that is a large market and people are willing to pay top dollar. If you get a chance, watch the sling video where they build it from scratch design - then take it across the atlantic - a first for that class of plane; on to US and then circumnavigate back over the Pacific to Sri-lanka and back. What about a post Super Masq... I would suggest they take a page from Sling and attempt to build a new design - but instead we see post China - Turkey as a model - Will Pak folks have the balls to step up and say we can do it on our own vs playing 2nd or third fiddle. It is not rocket science. Even for Super Masq - Did they even do a marketing by taking the plane on a very long tour - to promote it and make it known. A circumnavigation of the world would be amazing and ground breaking.

We have been very fortunate the have the base private industries in terms of metals, electronics - Reutech/Optronics etc. For example - every evaluation of specs are not done by our defence forces; it is actually the CSIR and others subgroups that validate it independently. Even now while our defence spending has been dropping, but outward looking nature of private enterprise has taken over; there is a mindset - 'always make a plan' - innovate. The ANC govt has been an dismal failure at epic proportions but we cannot wait for them.

I do see a lot of parallels between these two countries but there is stiffling and lack of taking the next steps; because it is easy to give it to China. 90's was a soul searching time. Had the Cheetah program been implemented in your side, we would have seen a lot more.

Your point on Agostas and J10 are very valid. Apart from the super M. Nothing else is local. Let us take K8- ok - you are getting the airframe done etc; I will bet it is still mostly from knock down kits as aluminuim production as well as various aluminium alloys metallurgy is not there; we do not stop there but then move past that to composite materials - again there is nothing. Similarly on manpacks etc - nothing is local but just licenced copies. There is no sense of going to the next level of independence because of three things - 1. No encouragement and sponsorship of local enterprise. 2. Army knows best. 3. China factor. Between these, we see just a cesspool of failures. F..no, to #2 - they should do only what they are paid to do - protect the borders., #1 - long drawn plan for R&D inhouse - there is talent, #3 - TOT means, materials, electronics and all that go with it.
Apr 22, 2019
United Kingdom
... In 2020, ACM Mujahid Anwar Khan said if the situation calls for it, the PAF would acquire another fighter type. When there literally is no other type available to the PAF, he was clearly talking about the J-10CE. ...
The first situation appears to be 26 February 2019 and the induction of Rafales and the second situation is going to be 11 September 2021.

I wonder whether limited numbers of J-10s and capping of Block-3s to 30 (for now) as a reaction to the first situation will be enough to counter the events that are likely to arise post-second situation.


Dec 19, 2013
The first situation appears to be 26 February 2019 and the induction of Rafales and the second situation is going to be 11 September 2021.

I wonder whether limited numbers of J-10s and capping of Block-3s to 30 (for now) as a reaction to the first situation will be enough to counter the events that are likely to arise post-second situation.

There is no caping of jf 17 b3 to 30.its just the initial order.

There also will not b j10 c in near future


Apr 22, 2010
United States
Problem with that is, that in no way, shape or form, could the J-10 be used to replace the 250+ Mirages, F-7s and A-5s of PAF. We have to remember the financial constraints coming with replacing 3rd gen aircrafts with 4++, I don't think PAF with it's budget could ever field such a number of jets (think of the maintenance, per hour and repair costs...)
I advocate for the Thunder for this very reason, J-10 might be a better aircraft, but for Pakistan the JF-17 makes a better airforce.

Precisely, these jets can be retrofitted with better equipment later on.... No need to blow money on a variant the Airforce didn't even want in the first place.
Reality is we cant even afford 250 thunders(let alone j10s)
While j10 will still cost atleast 30-40% higher

With our offensive defense doctorine numbers are important
We can just operate a 100 j10s and call it a day
You would need numbers and a cheap fighter lile f7 & jf17 are the only ones


Apr 22, 2020
I saw that exact interview.

You can check, but they said:
  • Saab assessed the damage, said they were write-offs
  • AHQ tasked A.C Safdar to lead an in-house assessment
  • A.C. Safdar said the PAF created its own repair plan
  • The PAF showed its plan to Saab, and Saab was positive about it
  • The main indigenous input was the new wiring (via Aircraft Rebuild Factory)
  • Besides learning about the Saab 2000, the other gain was testing and certification
Fact that we could design our own repair plan was huge. It means we have the potential to be a repair site and integrator -- so, ideally, PAC should take up the PN's LRMPA program. IMHO, they have the competency to do it, albeit with some collaboration with a more experienced party (for hardpoint integration and testing, cutting the airframe, etc). It's a hugely valuable get.

However, we're not producing aerostructures for the Saab 2000, at least not yet ;)
Hope that project will be given to PAC by PN,

even if not the full project but alteast partnership with any foreign vendor, so PAC can do in future for some future birds and maintenance
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Jul 28, 2009
Hmm - the first hinge on the canopy looks different - a bit like the gripen one? ( or am i seeing things ). Have they modified it to have 1 proper designed hinge, and kept the other 2 of 1950's design ? looks like it to me.

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The hinge is not in that circle. It's right outside it on the right hand side.



The Eagle,

Denel is an asset on this forum---You have been the enemy of this forum since you became a moderator.

What has been your real contribution to this forum over the years---shamelessly nothing---zilch---.
Well, given the fact that @The Eagle had nothing to do with Denel's infractions, I'd suggest you pick another day to attack him?
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