Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF),
said on Tuesday that Pakistan-China joint production JF-17 Thunder fighter jet brought
prospects in the international aviation market.
“It has many added features which make it much more attractive than any other fighter
aircraft of its category,” said the air chief.
“A low price tag and much less maintenance and operational cost compared to the
other planes of its class make it attractive for the buyers,” he said while talking to the
media after attending the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition t
hat would continue here at China’s southern coastal city neighboring Macau,
till November 21.
During the six-day exhibition, 35 countries and regions are participating.Chinese Vice PM Zhang Dejiang was the Chief Guest at the show.
Former Prime Minister Li Peng and PLA Air Chief and senior party leaders
were also present on this occasion.
Pakistan, having the second biggest fleet of aircraft after host China,
is participating for the first time in this exhibition. As many as ten K-8 trainer
aircraft and three JF-17 fighters are taking part in the show that demonstrates
the all-weather and time-tested friendship between the two countries.
While talking about the plane, the air chief commented that it has all state-of-the-art
He particularly mentioned its supreme avionics essential for a modern combat aircraft.
“There is likely to be big demand of this type of aircraft in the international market,
as it meets all the requirements that are needed by a modern air force,
at a very affordable price,” he said.
To a question regarding boosting the cooperation between Pakistan Air Force and China,
Rao Suleman said the two brotherly neighboring countries had a long history of
n all fields particularly defence.
He expressed the confidence that with the passage of time these bonds of friendsip
would further consolidate.
App adds: Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan said this air show has
Pakistan-China relations. “Today is a great day for both Pakistan and China”, he said.
demonstration was spectacular as well as professional, he added.
“Three JF-17 fighter planes are participating in this air show. One of these has been put on
display for general public as well as for prospective buyers while others are performing
Another manifestation of this friendship was that immediately after the-state-of-art J-10
aerobatics by PLA Air Force, PAF pilots were invited to demonstrate their aerobatic skills
on the JF-17 Thunder.
As the single-seat, fighter plane appeared for the first time in the Chinese skies,
the pilot stunned thousands of spectators with a spectacular show of aerobatics that lasted
for nearly ten minutes.
Another attraction of the day was the formation aerobatic show by PAF Sherdils,
on China made K-8 trainer aircraft, which also mesmerized the audience.
Replying to a question, the Sherdil pilots regarded K-8 planes as stable, fuel efficient and fittedWith an exhibition area approaching 23,000 square meters, the show has attracted about
with best performing turbo engine.
600 exhibitors and is showcasing nearly 70 commercial and military aircraft of different models.
To mark the importance of this event, the Air Force of People’s Liberation Army of China
also put on display a series of aircraft which participated in the 60th National Day Parade on October 1, 2009.