The government of Pakistan has acquired a squadron of 25 Chinese multirole J-10C fighter jets.
It is being seen as a response to India’s purchase of Rafale jets. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters in Rawalpindi that a full squadron of 25 all-weather aircraft comprising J-10C will attend the Pakistan Day ceremony on March 23 next year.
When it comes to China, it has also come to the rescue of its closest ally Pakistan by providing J-10C which is one of its highly reliable fighter jets.
“VIP guests are coming (to attend 23rd March ceremony) for the first time in Pakistan, the fly-past ceremony of JS-10 (J-10C) is being held. Pakistan Air Force is going to perform the fly-past of China’s JS-10 (J-10C) aircraft in response to Rafale,” Mr Ahmed said.
It is worth noting that the J-10C aircraft were part of the Pak-China joint exercise in 2020. Also, experts from Pakistan got the chance to have a close look at the fighter jets.
Moreover, the joint exercises began on December 7 in Pakistan and lasted about 20 days. China had sent warplanes including J-10C, J-11B jets, KJ-500 early warning aircraft and Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft; Pakistan had participated with the JF-17 and Mirage III fighter jets.
Pakistan was considering to acquire a new multirole all-weather jet to bolster its defence after India purchased Rafale jets from France.
About five years ago, India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to purchase 36 Rafale jets.
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