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Malaysia Showing Interest in Buying JF-17 Thunder Aircraft From Pakistan

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Mahatir Muhammad Prime Minister and delegates from Malaysia have been in talks with their Pakistani counterparts since his arrival in Islamabad.

After one such discussion on Friday, finance minister, Asad Umar, he told the media that Malaysia was interested in gaining fighter aircraft JF-17 in Pakistan. He added that Malaysian officials had encouraged the Pakistani team to further impress Malaysia’s defense experts by showing the plane to an exhibition.

Malaysia Showing Interest in Buying JF-17 Thunder Aircraft From Pakistan

Malaysia Showing Interest in Buying JF-17 Thunder Aircraft From Pakistan
Malaysia Showing Interest in Buying JF-17 Thunder Aircraft From Pakistan

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has been in crisis since 2018 due to the lack of aviation aircraft availability. After grou the Mig and Sukhois wait maintenance RMAF holds 8 F / A-18 Hornets, some British Hawks Mk108s and Aermacchi Italian MB339s.

JF-17 Thunder can be an affordable solution for current RMAF problems. Preliminary discussions on the export of fighter planes were conducted in April 2018.

Malaysia Showing Interest in Buying JF-17 Thunder Aircraft From Pakistan
Malaysia Showing Interest in Buying JF-17 Thunder Aircraft From Pakistan

In the past, the factory provided Pakistan Ordinance Malaysia Anza Anza MK1 Mk2 in 2002 and in 2007 (a surface-to-air missile developed by KRL).

Pakistan expects agreements and memoranda of understanding to be signed for over USD 900 million during this visit. An agreement with a fighter plane will further strengthen diplomatic and military relations between the two countries.

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