No PAC isn't just assembling; it's doing actual manufacturing work. However, the value of manufacturing stems beyond the process of actually building something. It includes sourcing or making critical inputs, such as aircraft-grade steel, engines, and electronics.So we are just assembling the whole kit coming from China.
Same will happen if we will work with some other country for our NGFA.
Butut good news is that PAC is reportedly working on AESA radar,HUD,etc.this will also bring money in long run.now if we can field our own AAM then this will take us to whole new level.
Unfortunately, Pakistan doesn't have an industrial base that works on aircraft-grade steel, engines, and electronics. I would keep my expectations low about the news of AESA radars, HUDs, etc too. Why? Because we don't have a semiconductor industry at this time, so we'll need to import critical inputs from elsewhere. That said, original design work that involves commercially off-the-shelf (COTS) inputs is an amazing first step, but it's just that, the first step.
The point of investing in something like the TFX is that we may have an opportunity to develop those industrial inputs. China doesn't have an incentive to let us develop that base because doing so would lessen our reliance on them. This is a tightly guarded realm; the ones who already own it (e.g., the US, Europe, China, Japan, and South Korea) don't want new entrants, so they'll disincentivize or co-opt that investment where possible. India got to enter the club because it spent decades developing its own base (i.e. all those failures we kept mocking -- well, they're paying off big for India now).
But the Turks would benefit from that development because we can co-invest in the same programs they're working on, such as their indigenous engine (TR Motor), GaN AESA radar technology, and so on. In this case, the question is more about co-dependence (where both parties rely on each other) than one-sided dependency (where we totally rely on the other side). The Turks want to enter the club; we have a chance to be wingmen. Or we could just watch. Us Pakistanis have a habit of just watching and talking about what we didn't do than just getting up and doing it.