JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. The engines were earlier imported via China.
According to sources in ministry of defence production, China has
recently issued no objection certificate (NOC) to Pakistan, which was
earlier producing the fighter jet as a joint venture with China.
“The Chinese NOC now allows Pakistan to import fighter jet engines from
Russia directly,” a source said. “This will not only reduce the cost of
production of the fighter jet but will also lead to enhanced defence
cooperation between Russia and Pakistan.”
Islamabad and Moscow had recently agreed to boost cooperation in several
spheres including that of defence during the recent Russian defence
minister’s visit to Pakistan. “This is a significant move since Pakistan
had never struck any direct defence deal with Russia,” the sources
“Russia was clearly tilted towards India and the new Russian policy
towards Pakistan is seen as a coup pulled by the country’s foreign