Pakistan will now be able to directly import engines from Russia to manufacture its JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at PAC Kamra. Earlier, these Klimov RD-93 engines were imported via China.
As per sources in ministry of defence production, China has recently issued no objection certificate (NOC) to Pakistan, which was earlier producing the fighter jet as a joint venture with China.
“The Chinese NOC now allows Pakistan to import fighter jet engines from Russia directly,” a source said.
“This will not only reduce the cost of production of the fighter jet but will also lead to enhanced defence cooperation between Russia and Pakistan.”
There has been positive change in relationships between Islamabad and Moscow as both had recently agreed to boost cooperation in several spheres including that of defence during the recent Russian defence minister’s visit to Pakistan. “This is a significant move since Pakistan had never struck any direct defence deal with Russia,” the sources said.
Russia was previously tilted towards India. But, the new Russian policy towards Pakistan is seen as a coup pulled by the country’s foreign policy.