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JF-17 a Sign of Pak-China Friendship…Now Using Pakistani Indigenous Computer Systems

  

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday extended full
support for the continuity of JF-17 Thunder aircraft programme, and said
the project would prove as a flagship of Pak-China friendship.“This
project can truly become as a flagship of our historic cooperation and
strengthen our time-tested partnership,” the Prime Minister said while
addressing a gathering of Pakistani and Chinese technicians during his
visit to the JF-17 production facility at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
here. Gilani lauded the pace of JF-17 Thunder programme which had moved
into a serial production stage in a record time. 

He also acknowledged the role of Chinese experts for imparting technical
know-how to the Pakistani technicians for the transfer of technology.

“The support provided by our Chinese friends in this, and in so many
other common projects between Pakistan and China is greatly cherished by
every Pakistani,” he said.

 
The Prime Minister termed the project a reflection of deeper bond between the two governments and the people.
“The success of the project would add another glorious chapter in our long history of cooperation,” he said.
Gilani went around different sections of the facility and expressed
satisfaction that the project milestones were being accomplished in an
efficient and timely manner.

He said Pakistan Airforce with a initiative like JF-17 program was not
only rendering valuable services for strengthening the national defence
but also providing a valuable opportunity to the youth.
“It is an opportunity involving a more constructive and positive
approach to life that offers education, livelihood and training and
leading to a better life,” he said.
Gilani exhorted all the personnel associated with the project to commit all “faculties of body and soul” for its success.
He expressed hope that with Allah’s blessing and commitment, many more
laurels shall come in shape of timely completion of projects.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Suleman Qamar
said with the support of the government, twenty two JF-17 aircrafts had
been inducted into the 26th squadron of the PAF, while eight others
were in various stages of tests and trials.
He said the
aircraft, whose production began on 13 June 2009 and the first
made-in-Pakistan rolled out on 23rd Nov 2009, has successfully made its
presence felt at the air shows at Farnborough, UK and Zhuhai, China. He
said the aircraft also participated in the Highmark and the Azm-e-nau
exercises.
He said a number of air forces around the world were eyeing the new entrant into the arena with keen interest.

The Air Chief presented to the Prime Minister a gift of a statue of an
Air Force pilot – a symbol of determination to succeed despite all odds.
Earlier the Prime Minister was apprised that Pakistan
Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra was now providing three major computer
systems for the JF-17 aircraft. 

These include Weapon Mission Management Computer, Electro-Mechanical Management Computer and Light Warning Computer.
The PAC was currently producing three aircraft a month and with a larger
facility will be able to increase production and enable Pakistan earn a
handsome foreign exchange.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Khalid Shamim Wyne, Defence
Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin
and Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh also accompanied the Prime
Minister.