KSA, Qatar and Azerbaijan interested in buying large numbers of JF-17 and Mashshak Aircrafts



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Saudia Arabia, Qatar and Azerbaijan have shown an interest in buying JF-17 Thunder and Mashshak. The Mashshak aircraft is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and South Africa. Pakistan is also selling some conventional weaponry to the US, UK, Germany and some Far Eastern countries at present.

Recently, 10 Mashshak training air crafts were sold to Nigeria in October of 2016 with the contract including operational training, technical support and assistance to Nigerian Air Force in establishing the facility in a short time. About the deal,PAF Spokesman Air Commodore Syed Muhammad Ali said:

The contract signing ceremony was held at Abuja (Nigeria), where Air Vice Marshal Iya Ahmed Abdullahi and Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) signed the contract.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid a visit to Azerbaijan this November. The visit proved very fruitful to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. During the visit, a possibility for joint military programs was discussed in the matters of defense cooperation.

A high-level delegation of Azerbaijan will attend the Defense Expo Scheduled to be held in Karachi this month. The delegation will also visit defense production facilities in Pakistan to look into the possibility of buying defense related products. Pakistan has offered some defense equipment which is indigenous to the country, including JF-17 fighter and Mashshak trainer aircraft. Other defense products offered include vehicles, command systems, ammunition, anti-aircraft systems as well.

Towards the end of October, the Qatari Defense Minister Dr Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah called PM Nawaz Sharif with an interest in buying Mashshak and JF-17 Thunder aircraft. Proposing a joint venture for manufacturing defense-related military equipment by Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey the minister said:

We are desirous of buying Super Mushshak and JF-17 Thunder aircraft from Pakistan and also want to set up military cooperation and production of equipment in Qatar with the assistance of Pakistan and Turkey.

The minister also visited GHQ to meet Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to discuss cooperation in defense and security. He acknowledged Pakistan’s successes in fight against terrorism and efforts for regional peace and stability.

General Muhammad bin Saleh Al Qtaibi, commander of Royal Saudi Air Force,stated that his country is exploring hefty procurement from Pakistan JF-17 Thunder and Super Mashshak trainers for its air force. He lauded the standard of Pakistan’s armed forces training, commitment and the high levels of professionalism set by PAF. The Saudi air chief also visited PAF installations and air bases, where he commented that Pakistan is producing state-of-the-art defense equipment. The PAF expects this visit to be truly fruitful.

These deals will strengthen PAC’s status as a world-class aviation industry producing the supersonic JF-17 Thunder and Super Mushshak trainer aircraft among other defense equipment.