ISLAMABAD, ($1=177.88 Pakistani Rupee) – China and Pakistan have negotiated an agreement for the sale of military equipment, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the Indian portal Press Trust of India and the state-run Russian news agency TASS. According to these two sources, Pakistan has purchased 25 J-10C multi-role fighters from China.
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The purchase comes amid deteriorating relations between China and India, and Pakistan and India. Both online publications say the purchase of the Chinese fighters came shortly after New Delhi acquired “another batch” of French-made Rafale fighters. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in 2016 New Delhi and Paris agreed to deliver 36 Rafale fighters worth nearly $ 9 billion. According to the plans of French manufacturers and the requirements of Indian buyers, the last issue of Rafale fighter should arrive by the end of 2022.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in 2006 Pakistan bought from the United States F-16C / D Block 50/52 fighters, which are the most modern fighter jets in the Pakistani air force at the moment. TASS recalls that relations between Pakistan and the United States are no longer the same, and this is one of the reasons why Islamabad is seeking military cooperation with Beijing.
Chengdu J-10 is a Chinese single-engine multi-role fighter known more as the Vigorous Dragon. J-10 has a delta wing design, ie. the two wings of the fighter form a triangle or the Greek letter “delta”. This fighter is equipped with AESA radar. This means that feedback to the fighter is collected over the entire volume of the phased array.
According to Chinese manufacturers, the Chengdu J-10 has advanced avionics and excellent armament. The fighter is also equipped with an imaging infrared seeker [IIR], PL-10 short-range and infrared-homing air-to-air missile [AAM], and PL-15 active radar-guided long-range air-to-air missile.
The engine of the Chengdu J-10 is new – WS-10B. In 2021, China began updating its Chengdu J-10 with this model of engine, which will replace the current WS-10. The difference between the two is mainly in the reliability and greater thrust provided by the WS-10B.
India to make engines jointly with France
India may soon begin production of engines for local Indian helicopters, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing information provided by Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
Minister Singh revealed in a report to The Hindu that French Defense Minister Florence Parly “has agreed to build an engine with us, one that is not produced in India”. According to the Indian Minister of Defense, a French company is expected to “step” in India and in the form of industrial cooperation with an Indian manufacturer to begin work on the development and production of the engine.
The strategic partnership involves co-production by the original equipment manufacturer and an Indian company.
The statement by the Indian Minister of Defense comes a day after he and his French counterpart Florence Parly held an open dialogue on defense and security, which is essentially an annual one. Comments in the Indian press about the expected future production of engines have been raised, noting that in recent years Rajnat Singh has managed to persuade French companies to either co-produce with Indians in the country or share technology from the defense industry.
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