Pakistan, are seen by many as a symbol of the China-Pakistan
CRI reporters have visited the assembly plant in Pakistan where the jets
are being produced and had a firsthand look at the joint project.
The FC-1 Xiaolong fighter jets are known as GF-17 Thunder in Pakistan.
They are assembled at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, or PAC in
Kamra, the world’s seventh largest fighter jets assembly plant.
He says the success of this project lays in the willingness of Chinese
original equipment manufacturer to transfer its know-how to the
“When we talk about the technology transfer, it is a model that the
Chinese are helping us, transfer the Know-how that they have and to
reduce the cost and have a real participation. So it is a good
flexibility to help us to develop our aviation industry and benefit from
the previous existing development project.”
He says Pakistan hopes the technology transfer will be completed by next year.
35 Chinese engineers are in the PAC to train Pakistani workers and providing technical assistance.
Gao Yan is the Chief Representative in Pakistan from China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporatioin.
“The process of the production of FC-1 Xiaolong fighter is smooth,
though there are still some small problems, Pakistani workers can manage
the skills and learned very fast. It is not easy for a country without
aeronautics infrastructures to build planes, however under the
collaboration between experts and companies from both countries, we
overcame difficulties and the current production is good. “
Meanwhile, local media reported that Pakistan hopes to receive 50 more Xiaolong fighter jets within the next six months.
The Kamra Aeronautical Complex says the new deal is part of the program to replace the old equipment.
Air Commodore Nudrat Kazmi is the Managing Director of Aircraft Manufacturing Factory in PAC.
“Basically, the new deal has been signed because of the requirements
which has been generated by the Pakistan Air Force. The Pakistan air
force has gone through a transition period, which the old equipment are
being phased out and new equipment are being inducted. This fifty craft
are part of that transitional phase. And therefore, it is part of that
The Pakistan Air Force officially inducted its first FC-1 Xiaolong squadron last year.