ISLAMABAD: 17 Nov, 2009.
The first state of the art JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter plane produced in Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra will roll out on Monday. This will kick start a new era in Pak-China relationship, and aviation industry, an official source told APP here Tuesday. Both China as well as PAF attach a lot of importance to this project which is materializing after hectic and laborious efforts spread over almost a decade, he said. The PAC has generated all the capability to produce the aircraft locally for its onward delivery to PAF besides materializing purchase orders from abroad. The JF-17 Thunder a new generation, light-weight, all weather, day/night multi-role fighter aircraft with glass cockpit, hands-on-throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) controls and efficient man-machine interface will ensure a minimal pilot workload. The maximum speed of Mach 1.6 and a high thrust-to-weight ratio will enable it to perform well in an air defence role. An ability to carry short- as well as long-range air-to-air missiles lends the aircraft a first shot capability. In the surface attack role, a variety of weapons - conventional as well as precision-guided, a sophisticated avionics suite along with accurate weapon delivery system, ensure higher mission success rate. An effective ECM suite will greatly enhance survivability of the platform. Its anticipated air-to-air refuelling capability will provide the JF-17 with more loiter time to safeguard the frontiers and the ability to deliver the required punch at distance. It will replace the ageing fleets of A-5s, F-7Ps and the Mirages in the PAF inventory thus fulfiling a multi-role task.
Pakistans Al Khalid just as good as the M1 Abrams although it has a bigger gun than the M1 abrams the abrams gun is 120mm the al khalid gun 125mm another thing is that the Al khalid is not a gas guzzler like the M1 Abrams other than that both tanks have night and thermal vision equipment and auto targeting. the Alkhlid has a speed of 45 miles per hour. ANother great thing is that 6 Al Khalids can be bought where for the same price only 1 M1 Abrams can be bought so in some areas the ALkhalid is better than the M1 Abrams.
KARACHI: The second indigenously built submarine Augusta 90-B Hamza, is set to be commissioned by the Pakistan Navy on September 26, the Navy announced today.
The Hamza has been indigenously constructed by the Submarine construction department at the Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi.
It is the third of the Augusta 90-B contract submarines ordered from supplier DCNI in France.
The Hamza has gone through rigorous testing before its commissioning. It has undergone over 13 Hundred harbour and sea trials, as well as 20,000 quality control inspections.
It is the first submarine to be equipped with the special MESMA Air Independent Propulsion system. This increases diving duration compared to conventional submarines, and gives the Pakistan navy a tactical advantage.
Currently, the navy requires between 12 and 14 submarines with the transfer of technology achieved through this project, Pakistan will now be able to meet it's future operations requirements.
With the induction of indigenously built submarine Hamza, Pakistan navy has now five operational submarines in its fleet enhancing its combat capabilities.
Every thing from long range to short range.
How it happened.
We have to see in broader perspective. Any nation, which is being ruled, most of the time by armed forces are always ahead in weaponries and aggression. If we see old and recent history, then we will find that all warrior nations became powerful in their time, weather they were romans, Spartans, Arabs, Mongols, moguls or turks, Germans, Russians, and now Pakistan among them.
The reason is that most accumulated resources are used in Arms development, forces, weapons and productions are controlled by Military regime commanders with unaccountable money. This automatically results in increased arms strength, as happened with Pakistan in Marshal law periods covering 60% of nations history time. But the price is also high, as was the case of Germany, Russia. Both were destroyed due bad military decisions and low economics. Poor Russian invasion into Afghanistan and exhausted German march towards Moscow in cold weather were deadly decisions. US was great till they were manufacturers and selling arms, but US invasion into Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 became a financial nightmare, and has broken the financial backbone of the that monster financial power. The current wall street depression after 1930's is absolutely due to that operation.
Coming back to Pakistan, we can see the poverty lines are crossing all lines. Absence of accountability brings corruption, which is obvious and famous.
There should be a balance in defense expenditure and social welfares. Now they are breathing with aids, IMF and KL bills etc, but only a good democratic, accountable, tax based structure can stabilize country.