What about the idea of getting some EF-2000s from Austria?I noticed that the JDAM-type weapons don't use terminal-stage seekers. As you said, the main point here is to control cost and deploy in numbers.
Once you talk about terminal-stage control, you get into more niche munitions -- like H-4, JSOW, etc. In this case, you're looking at both adding a terminal stage seeker and using different warhead types (like tandem, penetrator, or even sub-munition dispensers).
If anything, we can't mix the role of the H2/H4 with that of the IREK. The IREK is our JDAM-line. We will still need a true successor to the H2/H4 that carries the specific benefits of those SOWs to the future.
I guess the future direction would be a JSOW-type weapon.
I'm sure that if a finance option was tried out from the Middle East then buying 18 ex-Austrian EF-2000s and some additional 42 EF-2000s from Trench 4 can be bought to support the replacement of Mirages and adding capability in PAF.
J-31/J-35s are coming to PAF as soon as they gets into production.That means there's a possibility of twin engine from Chinese side as well?