‘Pakistan earned PKR 31 billion through defense exports this year’
Around 160 countries from around the world, including Pakistan, are said to be participating in Dubai Airshow.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai as well as Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, officially opened the Dubai Airshow recently on Sunday.
The airshow will continue for five more days, and it is expected to be visited by around 85,000 trade visitors and more than 12,000 exhibitors.
Around 160 countries from around the world, including Pakistan, are said to be participating in this amazing event. Pakistan has displayed its Mushshak Aircraft at the show. Although sadly, JF-17 that is known as Pakistan’s pride, is not present at the show this year.
Absence of JF-17 Thunder:
A lot of Chinese and Pakistani aviation enthusiasts are reportedly disappointed as they couldn’t find the futuristic JF-17 Thunder in the airshow this year. JF-17 Thunder, the state of the art fighter plane, has been participating every year at the prestigious Dubai Airshow for ten years now.
Other than the Dubai Airshow, the fighter aircraft JF-17 has been a part of many other reputed air festivals across the globe; therefore, it’s absence disappointing the fans is fair enough. According to sources, you wouldn’t get to see Mushshak Training Aircraft in aerobatics show.
Zubaida Jalal, Federal Minister for Defence Production, also paid a visit and met the engineers at the site of Mushshak Aircraft. She applauded the Pakistani engineers and their efforts in creating futuristic aircraft for the country.
As reported by the sources, Zubaida Jalal stated that foreign exchange of Pakistan has been three-times higher this fiscal year by the export of defence production. She mentioned at the airshow that Pakistan has earned more than PKR 31 billion by exporting defence-related products.
General Raheel Sharif, who is a former Army Chief of Pakistan, also visited Dubai Airshow.
Pakistan’s Aircraft Exports:
Pakistan has begun creating defense hardware import alternative to decrease external reliance and save money.
Recently, many countries have started to purchase aircraft from Pakistan. Nigerian Air Force is the latest to announce the purchase of Pakistan made Super Mushshak aircraft. Moreover, according to the source, Turkey has decided to buy 52 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft.
China enables Pakistan to become a defense exporter. The defense collaboration between Pakistan and China irks west, as technical assistance from China has helped Pakistan to create its own military hardware.
Pakistan is also focusing on the production of tanks and other equipment for land forces thanks to technology transfers from China.
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