I'll say this ... thought the fuel costs are much more, the JF-17 is relatively affordable to fly. The PAF can -- and likely will -- start employing the Thunder in the CT/COIN role. They have the ASELPOD and LGBs, though they might benefit from a laser-guided AGM too (e.g., YJ-9E). So, if the higher-ups need air power, they'll get it, and it won't break the PAF's bank. The real question is: are they escalating this issue fast enough?Man that's disappointing, so no relief in sight for FC and Troops on Western border
Especially since Afghanistan is going to burn hot after Americans leave. Terrorists have already got their hands on bleeding edge equipment and we are yet to develop network centric capabilities, nor do we have the ability to conduct long-term surveillance in the vastness of Balochistan.
If something like HAPS could make it into PAA, that'd greatly boost its ISTAR capabilities.