JF-17 ROLL-OUT CEREMONY
KAMRA 23 NOVEMBER, 2009:- 23 November, 2009 shall be remembered as a day of landmark achievement in the history of Aviation industry in Pakistan as the first locally produced JF-17 aircraft rolled-out of Aircraft Manufacturing Factory of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. An impressive ceremony was held at PAC Kamra to mark the occasion. Prime Minister Mr Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chairman Senate, Federal ministers and senior military and civilian officers. Chinese ambassador besides other dignitaries from China and personnel of PAC Kamra also attended the ceremony.
Chairman PAC Board Kamra, Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan, in his welcome address presented a brief overview of the JF-17 project. He highlighted the benefits of JF-17 co-production in terms of incorporation of modern technologies of manufacturing and skill enhancement of personnel of PAC Kamra. The audience was enthralled when the locally produced fighter jet was presented to the nation in a colorful and impressive manner. The aircraft painted green in the color scheme of national flag emerged from behind the curtains captivating everyone. The display was breathtaking, exquisitely arranged and perfectly executed in a manner befitting the importance of the activity. The Thunder, mesmerizing the audience because of its grandeur also imbued everyone with emotions of national pride and remarkable achievement, being the first locally produced JF-17 aircraft.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, speaking on the occasion praised the efforts of all his predecessors and the team of airmen working on JF-17 project. He highlighted the importance of PAC Kamra saying that it has a long history of being life line to the flying fleet of PAF which is now establishing itself as the hub of aviation industry in Pakistan. He said that JF-17 programme had covered a long distance while going through various phases of conception, development and production. He praised the help and support of the Government of China and Aviation Industries of China without which this project would not have succeeded. He added that 40 JF-17 aircraft shall be produced from PAC Kamra within next three years and shall be inducted in PAF replacing the existing aircraft. He further mentioned that the first JF-17 Squadron shall be established shortly and termed it as a major juncture in the PAF.
Prime Minister Mr Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani inspected the aircraft. While speaking on the occasion, he appreciated the praise worthy accomplishments of PAF and PAC. He commended the Pakistan Air Force for the excellent planning and the steadfast determination of its personnel who have displayed vigor and unwavering commitment in pursuing this goal of self reliance. He highlighted the importance of air power in modern day battle arena especially in light of the current geo political and regional scenario facing Pakistan. He appreciated the role of PAF in rooting out terrorist elements in military operations. He admired the Pak-Chinese friendship and praised the assistance at technical, managerial and governmental level saying that China has always stood by us in our hour of need – its unflinching support has been the source of strength for the People of Pakistan.
The Ambassador of People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr. Luo Zhaohui also spoke on the occasion on behalf of Chinese government. He in his address appreciated the technical acumen and devoted efforts of PAC Kamra to have acquired complex skills and expertise of fighter aircraft manufacturing. He reiterated the importance of Pak-China friendship and termed projects like JF-17 co-production as steps towards new horizons of friendly and mutual cooperation.
The first JF-17 aircraft, produced at PAC Kamra has thus joined the ranks of PAF. It marks a significant milestone not only towards our aerial defence but also in the resolve and commitment of PAF’s pursuit of self reliance.