Pakistan commits to Chinese surface-to-air missile systems

November 18th, 2010 - 9:40 pm ICT by BNO News  

ZHUHAI, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — Pakistan has bought Chinese missiles and avionics for its 250 JF-17 Thunder fighter jet, and is in pre-purchase evaluations on several other Chinese air defense systems, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said.

According to Suleman, the SD-10, a middle-range missile developed by China, will become the standard weapon of the JF-17. “PAF has no plans to install Western devices and weapons on the aircraft for the time being,” Suleman told Global Times newspaper during the Airshow China 2010.

According to Suleman, Pakistan may also order Chinese-made precision-guided bombs and advanced missile systems, including surface-to-air systems.

Recently, the PAF took delivery of the first of four Chinese ZDK-03 AWACS planes, he told China Daily. He added that the PAF’s production of JF-17s is “on a very fast track”, and Islamabad is expecting to build 25 jets by the end of the year.

Suleman said that “there is no shortage of trust and no shortage of will,” between both regional military powers, and added that “there will be more projects developed successfully.”

India recently signed a major defense cooperation agreement with the United States.

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