Pakistan has acquired a full squadron of 25 Chinese J-10C multirole fighter jets in response to India’s purchase of Rafale jets, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday.
The minister told reporters in his hometown of Rawalpindi that a full squadron of 25 all-weather planes including the J-10C will attend the Pakistan Day ceremony on March 23 next year.
Apparently, China has come to the rescue of its closest ally by supplying the J-10C, one of its very reliable fighter jets.
The minister, who often poses as a “graduate of institutions in Urdu” to mock his elite English-speaking colleagues, incorrectly pronounced the plane’s name as JS-10 instead of J-10C.
?? “VIP guests are coming (to attend the ceremony on March 23) for the first time to Pakistan, the JS-10 (J-10C) overflight ceremony is underway. ?? Pakistan Air Force will perform the flight -passed by the Chinese aircraft JS-10 (J-10C) in response to the Rafale, “?? Ahmed said.
The J-10C aircraft was part of the joint Pak-China exercise last year, where Pakistani experts had the opportunity to take a close look at the fighter jets.
Joint exercises began on December 7 in Pakistan and lasted for about 20 days. 17 and Mirage III.
Pakistan had a fleet of US-made F-16s, which is considered a good fit for the Rafale, but was looking for a new all-weather all-weather jet to bolster its defense after India bought some Rafale jets to France.
Almost five years ago, India signed an intergovernmental agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft under a 59,000 crore rupee contract to bolster the combat capabilities of the Indian air force.