Pakistan Air Force assured of latest equipment

May 7th, 2009 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, May 7 (IANS) Pakistan will focus on ramping up indigenous capabilities and entering joint ventures with foreign manufacturers to ensure its air force acquires the latest equipment, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Thursday.
Speaking to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Qamar Suleman, Gilani said the government would also provide the necessary resources for upgrading its professional capabilities, APP reported.

The prime minister asked Suleman to ensure that under his command, the PAF continues to be equipped with the latest technology and was ever-ready to meet any challenges.

According to Gilani, the force had played a key role in defending the country in addition to supporting the civil administration in relief and rehabilitation measures during natural calamities.

On his part, Suleman apprised the prime minister of various measures taken by the PAF to optimise its effectiveness and efficiency. He also informed the prime minister about the upgradation and modernisation that was underway in the PAF.

The PAF operates 407 combat jets. Its fleet strength is a little over 600 if VIP aircraft, trainers, transports and helicopters are included.

The PAF is currently in the process of inducting the JF-17 Thunder combat jet that has been jointly developed and manufactured with China. Eight of the 150 aircraft ordered have been delivered.

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