It would and most importantly - it would not be a Pakistan only aircraft. My guess based on the horse’s mouth statement was that there perhaps was a CAC “Checkmate” type project that either was shelved or not prioritized. Bear in mind there has been a permanent Pakistani presence at CAC since 2002 varying in size and role over the years.Hmm?!! ... but even if I agree, that CAC had a design "up its sleeve", such a design to complete will take vast amount of resources and if it is - like you say - "no project Azm" - then I see no chance for yet another fifth generation type! Anyway ... most interesting.
Either way, 2011 was ten years ago and at that time Pakistan barely could afford the loan interest payments on JF-17(something I like to repeat as reference to the cancerous government at that time). Today things are fairly different with a revised ASR.
Please see above and yes - financing terms from China have gotten stricter as well. When the first FC-20(J-10AE) was proposed to Pakistan China was willing to provide ridiculously favorable terms similar to those for the JF-17 but that wouldn’t include costs PAF would have to bear apart from flyaway and weapons which post 2005 earthquake and then 2008 crash it could not afford.that would mean pakistan is shown some on-paper design and if PAF wanted it, pakistan would have to financing the entire mystery chengdu project by itself. i don't see that as much of an option especially as you know, pakistan currently does not have that kind of money and there is no way chengdu finished the design and didn't even try to promote it for sale. I also dont see it being any kind of collaboration where china finances 50%+ of the costs, that boat has sailed with the FC31/J35.
Yes - but that didn’t exist 10 years ago. It was just a PAF requirement for a 5th generation aircraftBut Isn't Project Azm a wider project that includes Fighter Jets, drones , SAM's and electronic warfare systems?