Sunday, 31 March 2019

Malaysia to buy two JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets for Tests and Evaluation

Syed Sammer Abbas

Malaysia to buy two JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets for Tests and Evaluation: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad lauded the strength of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force’s fighter jet JF-17 Thunder.

Giving an interview after his visit to Pakistan, Mohammad said that Malaysia will get one or two planes initially for evaluation and tests.

Praising the JF-17 Thunders, the Malaysian prime minister who was the chief guest at the Pakistan Day parade said, “They [Pakistan] have been able to build aircraft now which were demonstrated. They performed very well.”

“I knew Pakistan will like to sell its planes to us, so we said to give us one or two planes so we can see how strong they are,” he continued.

PM Mahathir was briefed on JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at the Nur Khan Airbase before his departure from the country as his three-day visit concluded on March 23.

Before the departure, the Malaysian Prime Minister was given a briefing about the lightweight, all weather and multi-role JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft. He evinced keen interest in its various qualities.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was presented with a flying jacket on the occasion, also inspected the cockpit of a JF-17 Thunder and was briefed about its technical details by the officers of Pakistan Air Force.

Malaysia along with some other countries has shown their interest in procuring the JF-17 aircraft, jointly developed by Pakistan and China.

Pakistan and Malaysia signed five Memorandum of Understandings during Mahathir’s visit.

The Malaysian delegation showed a keen interest in buying Pakistani made JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and anti-tank missiles.

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