JF-17 aircraft capable enough to meet defence needs: Rana Tanveer

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain Monday said that the JF-17 aircraft were capable enough to meet defence requirements of the country.
Talking to reporters here, he said Pakistan had a fleet of state of the art JF-17 Thunder aircraft which carried all specifications of any advanced fighter jet.
He said Pakistan was at top among 10 countries having JF-17 fleet, saying that the country’s defence was impregnable and had the capability to meet all challenges.
The minister said Pakistan was in negotiations with Russia for procurement of MI-35 helicopters, expressing confidence that there would be significant development in two months in this regard.
Commenting on the country’s defence production quality, he said Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) was producing and exporting small arms to different countries including US, Britain and Germany.
He said the Ministry of Defence Production was working day and night to meet requirements of the armed forces, adding that a proposal had been forwarded to the quarters concerned for separate budget of the ministry.
Answering a question, Rana Tanveer said Pakistan was in contact with US for delivery of F-16 aircraft, and in case the deal was not materialized, it would approach other countries for the purpose.
Replying to another question, the minister said a protest had been launched with US over the recent drone attack, adding that US ambassador had been called in by the Foreign Office. Besides, Civil and Military leadership expressed serious concerns over the attack, he added. …APP

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