Pakistan’s Ambitious Fifth Gen Stealth Fighter Jet Program: Here’s all that you need to know about ‘Project Azm’

Project Azm was initiated by PAF in July 2017.

Pakistan Air Force, at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2019, put forth the conceptual design of its future stealth aircraft on the tail of the PAF C-130.

According to the Pakistan Ministry of Defense Production’s (MoDP) yearbook for the year 2017-2018, the Aviation Research, Innovation and Development (AvRID) Secretariat has settled first of the four conceptual design cycles for Pakistan Air Force’s FGFA (Fifth-Generation Fighter) program.

As per the MoDP yearbook, the AvRID Secretariat has finished the first cycle of the conceptual design.

“The first cycle of the conceptual design phase has been completed. The first configuration that was designed based on the challenging performance requirements of PAF will go through three more cycles within the conceptual design using higher fidelity analysis tools and codes”, the yearbook stated.

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The FGFA is a highlight of Project Azm that outlines the PAF’s goal of developing a state of the art aviation industrial base in Pakistan. The aviation industrial complex will help in strengthening the country’s defense capabilities and fulfill the civilian and commercial aviation needs at the same time.

Project Azm was initiated by PAF in July 2017. Its goal is to develop an FGFA, a medium-altitude, and long-endurance (MALE), new munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and a lot more.

While announcing the beginning of Project Azm, Sohail Aman, the then CAS (Chief of Air Staff) Air Chief Marshal (ACM) informed that the design phase of the UAV was in its final stages.

The deadline for the first flight of the MALE UAV, as per MoDP’s 2017-2018 yearbook, was 2019 June. MoDP’s yearbooks intend to reveal projects that are completed during a period of 12 to 18 months before their publications, which shows that either MALE UAV has been delayed or flown.

In a recent interview with Pakistan Air Force Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan stated that he has zero expectations for the 5th generation fighter aircraft to make its maiden flight for ‘another decade’.

He added that the current ASR (Air Staff Requirements) for the 5th generation fighter jet includes ‘twin-engine single-seater, laser weapons boasting the likes of the supercruise’.

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