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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:13 PM
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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:34 PM
On the question of whether it's worth taking a risk over F-16s, we need to look at the issue from PAF's perspective. As we speak the PAF has many Mirages and some F-7s to replace, it'll either end up retiring them and downsize the fleet or pick up an immediately available replacement.
The PAF wants to pick up the pace on JF-17, but it can't. The Pakistani government is basically unable to come up with the necessary funds to make an aggressive pick up of JF-17s possible. Just think about the fact that Pakistan burned $100 billion in direct costs and lost opportunities as a result of Waziristan, the blame squarely sitting on our inability and unwillingness to firmly resolve the matter.
Whereas the PAF originally wanted 250 JF-17s to operate as its workhorse fighter, a sizable number of FC-20s to give it additional range and payload, and a sizable number of F-16s (especially new-built C/Ds) to serve as the "pointy-edge." This was back in 2004-2005 when AFFDP-2015 was being drafted.
Now fast-forward to 2014 and take a look at where Pakistan's at today, it's broke. In fact, I don't know how or why we could even assume our establishment leaders are event interested in bringing the economy to par and generating the funds necessary for the military, all indications suggest otherwise.
In this environment the PAF's options are limited. These ex-Jordanian F-16s are coming as is and seem to be pretty cheap, i.e. PAF picking airframes up via EDA and paying for transport. It's either these used F-16s or 'stopgap' F-7PGs or something to maintain fleet numbers... The FC-20 program is as good as dead to PAF and the JF-17 will be lucky to reach its originally-set 150 figure, never mind 200 or 250.
As far as I am concerned, I think the PAF will be (or already is) making a play for as many excess F-16A/B and F-16C/Ds as possible. It will appeal to users throughout the world and pin its hope on governments looking to off-load F-16s in return for hard cash (so as to balance their fiscal budgets). For the time being these F-16s will come in 'as is' - i.e. no foreseeable plans for radar and avionics upgrades, just necessary structural changes to increase airframe life.
IMHO the PAF will look to end up with 100+ F-16A/Bs of various types (MLU and ADF) and 55-75 F-16C/Ds composed of used and maybe additional new-built models. Besides ~150 F-16s they'll want 150-200 JF-17s, and if money permits in the mid-2020s, some J-31s or other comparable 5th gen fighter (e.g. TFX or KFX).
Posted 15 May 2014 - 03:10 PM
Posted 15 May 2014 - 11:00 PM
Getting more F-16s is good. European options should be looked into as well. Several countries operating already MLUed versions are looking to put them in storage or move to JSFs.
Having pre upgraded F-16s would save time and costs.
I don't think the JF-17 is delayed because of costs, its a high priority project with national importance, the budgetary constraints could be met. My guess is its delayed because of unavailability of sub components. Since configuration not finalized it means Improved avionics and engine not yet ready.
Posted 21 May 2014 - 03:42 AM
SARGODHA: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday organized a formal ceremony to include F-16 fighter jets from Jordan Air Force into the national forces fleet here at Sargodha Airbase.
The fighter jets arrived from Pakistan’s middle-eastern friendly country Jordan and were included in PAF Nineteenth Squad.
The fighter aircraft have been purchased from Jordan and they were in the use of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF).
The ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran, Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif was the chief guest of the ceremony.
Air Chief Marahal Tahir Rafique Butt, said that, we were thank full to Jordan Air force for giving F-16 fighter jets, “We are capable of taking down any internal or external challenge put in front of us”, he added.
Chief guest Gernal Raheel Sharif said, “I congratulate Pakistan Air force on this achievement”, we will stand side by side with Pakistan Air force to face any challenge, he added.
Posted 22 May 2014 - 08:21 AM
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