Two years ago today, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, was the chief guest at the Pakistan Day Parade on March 23, 2019. Mahathir Mohamad sat on the salute platform with his Pakistani counterpart, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and watched the Armed Forces troops take part in the Pakistan Day parade.
In this ceremony, Mahathir Mohammad Ko’JF A group of 17 Pakistani-made fighter jets known as ‘Thunder’ performed aerial stunts and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad surpassed the aerial stunts of the fourth generation of the first locally manufactured fighter jets in Pakistan, the JF-17 Block III Impressed.
The aircraft was built in Pakistan and jointly built by Pakistan’s Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and China’s Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC).
The Malaysian prime minister’s presence at the event was not a coincidence as the Royal Malaysian Air Force was considering buying a limited number of JF-17s under its self-modernization program.
Malaysia had shown keen interest in purchasing JF-17 fighter jets and anti-tank missiles from Pakistan.
The then Finance Minister Asad Omar told the media that after the talks between the leaders of the two countries at the Prime Minister’s House, the visiting delegation expressed the wish that Pakistan’s’ JF 17. Participate in Thunder fighter jets.
A few days after Mahathir Mohamad’s ‘JF-17’ stunt in Pakistan, Malaysia hosted the Langkawi International Maritime Aerospace Expo (Lima 2019) where the Royal Malaysian Air Force launched not only the ‘JF-17’ but also the South. Watch the drills of the Korean-made ‘FA-50’ Golden Eagle and test their capabilities.
Since then, the Malaysian Air Force has been considering buying one of the two aircraft. According to some sources, Malaysia has been offered relatively modern Block III JF-17 aircraft.
In contrast, South Korea’s FA-50 is a light fighter aircraft built by the Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI) for the Republic of Korea’s Air Force (ROKAF) to provide advanced training. It is a type of light fighter aircraft built from a combination of airplanes and light fighter jets.
However, Pakistani experts have downplayed the possibility that there is any competition between the two fighter jets.
Aviation expert and former Pakistan Air Force fighter pilot Qaiser Tufail says that ‘one side’ is JF. The 17 ‘is a fully-fledged fighter jet, and the FA-50 is a state-of-the-art training aircraft, in which Korea has provided some advanced military or, according to the buyer’s wishes. Added the ability to fight.
Shahid Raza, director of the Islamabad-based think tank SASSI’s Center for Defense Weapons and Technology, said the JF-17 Thunder is superior to Korea’s FA-50 aircraft in many ways.
The JF-17 Block III is equipped with state-of-the-art radar. The radar, which has a range beyond sight, is capable of guiding SD-10A missiles with a range of 100 km, so that they can hit their target precisely.
He says that in addition to the cost, the JF-17 Thunder is superior to its Korean rival in many other ways.
This aircraft is capable of fighting in a larger range. It has more capacity to carry ammunition. The ability to see beyond sight is present in this aircraft. The ability to change direction rapidly in the atmosphere is far greater. In addition, the best capability of air-to-ground and air-to-sea operations also puts the aircraft ahead of others.
Shahid Raza says that JF-17 Thunder is also a successful fighter in terms of combat or war, which has been exported to Myanmar and Nigeria, while more orders are likely to be received from some other countries.
The JF-17 is an excellent multi-role aircraft available at a very attractive cost that the FA-50 cannot compete with.
However, international military experts do not see the difference between the two aircraft as a fundamental aspect.
“Both the FA-50 and the JF-17 are single-engine supersonic fighter jets,” Peter Felstead, editor of the London-based Jane Defense Weekly, told the BBC.
Speaking to the BBC, Peter Felstead expressed his views: “No country has to make a simple decision to buy a good fighter jet, but these decisions are politically motivated. And in making this decision, the capability of the aircraft is also taken into account and it is reviewed.
Peter Felstead said the purchase of the JF-17 would tie Malaysia firmly to Chinese weapons as it was jointly developed by both Pakistan and China, while the FA-50 would mean the use of Western weapons.
He says that if Malaysia wants to buy KF-21 in the future, then FA-50 would be a good choice.
This political reflection must have been on the minds of Malaysian decision makers as well.
Similarly, Pakistani experts point out the low price of ‘JF-17’. Retired Air Marshal Shehzad Chaudhry, a defense analyst, said he did not think it was possible to acquire JF-17 fighter jets at that price.
Fighter jets of this breed and type are sold at ڈالر 100 million per aircraft, while a JF-17 is being sold at a very cheap price of just 30 30 million, at a cost to the buyer. It makes it very attractive.
He says the JF-17 fighter jet has been tested in combat and was used in aerial combat on February 27, 2019, when India launched an air strike on Pakistan. It has also been used in the war on terror.
On the other hand, South Korean media reports have refuted the view of Pakistani experts that the FA-50 did not take part in the fighting.
The Eurasian Times quoted Korean media as saying that “this fighter jet first gained combat experience in the Philippine service when it was used against terrorists linked to the extremist organization ISIS.”
The FA-50 is actually a T-50 aircraft that includes supersonic trainers, light combat aircraft and multi-role fighters.
One type of light fighter is called the TA-50, while the multi-role fighter is known as the FA-50. It is a single-engine aircraft whose designs are mostly similar to the famous F-16 aircraft of the American company Lockheed Martin.
It is the first supersonic fighter built by South Korea and exported by Indonesia, Iraq, the Philippines and Thailand.
In addition to these countries, the Air Force of the Republic of Korea also has the FA. Is using the 50 ‘aircraft as its main fighter aircraft.
Korean media wrote that the FA-50 has strengthened the defense capabilities of the People’s Republic of Korea.
South Korea has equipped the FA-50 with state-of-the-art US engines and weapons systems. Was included in the A-50 ‘platform.
Speaking on the occasion, former Pakistani pilot Qaiser Tufail said, “Pakistan Air Force was interested in purchasing Swedish-made Gripen fighter jets but the decision makers rejected it because their engines are American-made and in case of any ban, Gripen. The planes will not be usable in times of military need.
The problem with the FA-50, he says, is that its design, engines, shipbuilding equipment and weapons all come from the US armaments industry, while the JF-17 is used. Russian and Chinese spare parts and components are usually not linked to political maneuvering and are not used to move political strings.
Regarding the Malaysian Air Force, Peter Felstead said, “If you look at the list of aircraft used by the Royal Malaysian Air Force, it is a mixture of British, American and Russian-made aircraft, but recently they flew the SU-30 from Russia.” Bought MK Ames.
Peter Felstead said the FA-50 has been upgraded from a training aircraft to a state-of-the-art fighter, while the JF-17 is a multi-purpose or multi-task aircraft. Was developed as
But in the end, it is more a matter of political considerations to decide who makes the offer that will be most acceptable to the Royal Malaysian Air Force.