Recently a high-ranking Malaysian official in Pakistan indicated a keen interest in the purchase of Pak-China JF-17 Thunder, a multi-role fighter. Recent airshow at Dubai can be linked to this interest. After Dubai airshow, rumors spread around that at least four different countries were interested in purchasing JF-17 Thunder. It was later revealed that one of them was Egypt. Another country may be Sri Lanka. Both India and Pakistan are in competition to acquire Sri Lanka as a buyer. An interesting development on Sunday, Malaysia seems to be the third. The High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan, Dr. Hasrul Sani bin Mujtabar said,
This [JF-17] jet fighter is considered an excellent production of Pakistan in the defense sector and decision about the number [of purchases] would be taken very soon by the Malaysia government.
The Ambassador also spoke on China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC), he urged the government of Pakistan to reap the maximum benefit out of the multibillion dollar project. He stated that Pakistan was blessed with an important strategic position and should be exploited to the fullest. The Ambassador also expressed certainty that the project will lead the country to new heights. He said,
We are happy over the announcement of CPEC with a total volume of investment more than $40 billion and this project will attract multibillion dollars further investment to Pakistan as it is being considered one of the biggest indicators for the better economic future of Pakistan.
He said it would change the entire economy of the country and will open loads of development windows in the country. As far as the defense deal regarding JF-17 Thunder is concerned, Pakistan has done a remarkable job in securing buyers. At this point, it is unknown as to how many orders will be secured and when the sale agreement is signed, but it definitely is a good sign for Pakistan. Pakistan should now move to upgrade the JF-17 Thunder, and possibly engage in developing newer, more powerful jets.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.