JF 17 aircraft capable enough to meet defence needs: Rana

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ISLAMABAD, May 30 (APP): Minister for Defence
Production Rana Tanveer Hussain Monday said that the JF
17 aircraft were capable enough to meet defence requirements of the country.

Talking to reporters here, he said Pakistan had a
fleet of state of the art JF 17 Thunder aircraft which carried all specifications of any advanced fighter jet.

He said Pakistan was at top among 10 countries
having JF 17 fleet, saying that the country’s defence was impregnable and had the capability to meet all challenges.

The minister said Pakistan was in negotiations
with Russia for procurement of MI 35 helicopters, expressing confidence that there would be significant development in two months in this regard.

Commenting on the country’s defence production
quality, he said Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) was producing and exporting small arms to different countries including US, Britain and Germany.

He said the Ministry of Defence Production was
working day and night to meet requirements of the armed forces, adding that a proposal had been forwarded to the quarters concerned for separate budget of the ministry.

Answering a question, Rana Tanveer said Pakistan
was in contact with US for delivery of F 16 aircraft, and in case the deal was not materialized, it would approach other countries for the purpose.
Replying to another question, the minister said a
protest had been launched with US over the recent drone attack, adding that US ambassador had been called in by the Foreign Office. Besides, Civil and Military leadership expressed serious concerns over the attack, he added.