Bhai jaan, is there any Aircraft that hasn't been rumored in the calendar year 2020?Plus J-10 C rumor's were always there.
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Aside from the F-16's, every Chinese Military Jet had been rumored/covered extensively here, other forums, YouTube, facebook, f#*kin' Twitter etc.
And you'd be surprised that all those rumors were coming from pretty much the same sources - regardless the platform used.
And yes, we all contributed to add fuel to the fire.
Now, lets say J-15 or J-16 were coming, you'd be making the EXACT SAME statement, wouldn't you...?
Personally, I don't think we can be in a position to be placing orders for both J-10's & F-16's. I'm pretty sure that our Economic situation prevents us from doing so. But yes, we've all said this that something needs to be done & we are currently light-years away from Project AZM.
Let me just say one thing in regard to the F-16's, and that is entirely depending on how Biden and Congress reacts to Pakistan asking for F-16's.
a. If they approve, we could get some used ones & we could talk about Viper upgrades and all the add-ons once its approved.
b. However, if you or anyone else here is dreaming of Block 72's, know one thing that they won't be ordered & delivered in 2021, 2022, 2023 - all the way up to 2027. NATO & friendly Nations with deep pockets come first - and so they should as they are in the waiting list. This isn't Habib Bank, where you can cut the queue to get ahead to the Teller. Also, in 4 Years time, Trump could be back in Office and we know how he could just stop and delay the order.
What does that mean for Pakistan? Wasted years when we could in that period have 3-4 Squadrons of some Chinese Fighter Jet, even if it has to be the J-10.
Think where India will be in 2025 in numbers? They're already getting like 19 MiG-29's from Russia for dirt-cheap price tag. Plus, by then they'll have more Rafales & would have added further Su-30's.
So, here is how I see it.
1. See if you can grab any used-F-16's if they are willing to deliver 'em within 12 Months. Block 72's can be considered.
-Also consider adding some Chinese Fighter Jet that compliments the JF-17.
2. If the first point fails, how many options do you think PAF will have?
And I would hate to waste my breath talking about EFT, Rafales, Gripen, Su-'s & MiG's.