I argue that indigenous design can be done. Are we unable to put together an initial team that starts fabless production of indigenous designs and gradually move towards own fab tech backbone? It's the vision and confidence that we are lacking. Instead of creating huge infrastructure for unis, get together a team armed with the right toolsBy Air Superiority do we mean having “Air Supremacy”?
Simply having better quality aircraft with better quality fighter pilots do not provide any advantage over the enemy unless the same are able to achieve ‘Air Supremacy’; where one side has control of the air and bombs the hell out of the opposing side without any serious opposition resulting in victory on the battlefield.
Realistically speaking; given the economic strength of India with more than $400-billion FE reserves and miserable state of Pakistan’s economy (FE reserves never reached even $30-billion); it would not be possible for Pakistan to ever have air force superior to or even at par with IAF in quantity or quality of the fighter aircraft. Hence, having ‘Air Superiority’ over India in the foreseeable future is nothing more than a ‘pipe dream’.
While we talk about buying this or that fighter in such and such numbers; we must not forget that military hardware costs a lot of money. A more realistic aim would be to make PAF strong enough to deny IAF control of the air/ air supremacy over the battlefield. Regrettably, in Pakistan’s current abysmal FE situation; even this target appears to be very difficult to achieve in the immediate future.
GOP’s first & foremost priority, therefore, must be to make Pakistan economically strong.