ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra has built and exported 80 Mushshak aircraft during the last five years while some are in the final stage of completion.
Similarly, work is going on to manufacture JF-17 Thunder aircraft, which would be exported to Myanmar while an accord has been signed to sell the jet fighters to Nigeria. This was informed to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Production led by its chairman Lieutenant General (R) Abdul Qayyum, which visited the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on Wednesday. PAC Chairman Air Marshal Ahmar Shahzad gave a detailed briefing to the committee about the innovations, technical mechanisms, and aircraft manufacturing skills.
He said the PAC comprised four factories, namely Aircraft Rebuild, Miraj Rebuild, Avionics Production and Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, which had been providing aircraft maintenance service for the last four decades. The PAC had gained fame in the world due to its manufacturing skills as it was providing engineering solutions at low cost with the help of Pakistan Air Force and friendly countries, he added.
The PAC chairman said the PAC would initiate line maintenance operation of the aircraft at Islamabad International Airport on January 25. Appreciating the PAC’s efforts, the Senate committee chairman said, “For peace, we should be fully prepared for war. We must be self-sufficient to meet our defense needs.”
He said the defense production had nowadays become commercial in the developed countries. Responding to queries of committee members, the PAC chairman said they had approached to big investors through chambers of commerce in Karachi and Lahore, but their response was not satisfactory. The PAC, he said, was self-sufficient to meet its requirements and had never felt the need for foreign engineers.