Pakistan Airforce new F-35 Fleet in 2020

10 10 2007

I just read on Wikipedia that Pakistan Airforce is looking to replace it’s fleet of F-16s by new F-35 in 2020. That’s awesome !
But in my view, they shouldn’t replace F-16s, they should replace their F-7 or JF-17.
I think the reason that they are replacing F-16s is because F-7 and JF-17 is repaired/manufactured in Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, while F-16 is not.
Maybe it is repaired, but it’s not manufactured there.

If you don’t know what is F-35, here’s little overview

The F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air-to-air combat. The F-35 is descended from the X-35 of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Its development is being principally funded by the United States with the United Kingdom and other partner governments providing additional funding. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as major partners. Demonstrator aircraft flew in 2000;15 December a production model first took flight on 2006. The United States Air Force plans to acquire 1,763 aircraft.


F-35 Take off

F-35 Hovering



4 responses

10 10 2007

hmmm nice!
but 2020 :S
isnt it toooo late?
I mean, by 2020 we might be having flying saucer stuff already in production…

11 10 2007
Ahmed Mujtaba

Yeah I agree with you.
Flying Saucers are currently made as prototypes.
But remember that, Airforce doesn’t need Flying Saucers šŸ˜€

Our Government may raise taxes to get enough money by 2020 to buy these šŸ™‚

28 12 2007
Imran ul Haque

I wonder why our Army is keen on building up its arsenal and using every resource for defence. War against whom? Our Army conquers its own country every time and they do not need atomic bomb F16 or F35 or whatever. Less than 2% is for education and not much for development…Pakistan is to serve Army, should be other way around

30 12 2007
Ahmed Mujtaba

@Imran: Very true indeed

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