The top of the line stealth fighter jets like F-22 Raptors, F35 Lightning II, and Chengdu J-20 is dream additions to any country’s arsenal, and Pakistan is hoping to follow the footsteps of the most advanced Air Forces in the world. Pakistan started developing defense hardware for import substitution to reduce external dependence and to save hard currency. Now the country’s defense industry is coming of age to lead the way to high value-added manufactured exports.
According to media reports, Pakistan has announced its plans to develop and produce the 5th generation fighter jet. Pakistan is working on its very own 5th Generation Stealth-Fighter Jet program to keep with the quick improvement in the armor industry beyond the world. The Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) is the highlight of the much-anticipated Project Azm, which outlines the PAF’s ambition for developing a state-of-the-art aviation industrial base within the country. This aviation industrial complex will support the defense capabilities of the country, alongside fulfilling civilian and commercial aviation needs. It’s a part of Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) highly energetic Project Azm that includes the building of Kamra Aviation City dedicated to education, research and development, and manufacturing of advanced fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and weapon systems.
A Brief Introduction and background:
Pakistan Air Force showcased the conceptual design of its future stealth aircraft on the tail of the PAF C-130 at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2019.
Pakistani Ministry of Defense Production’s (MoDP) calendar for 2017-2018, the initial of four chains of conceptual layout aspect has been finished by the Aviation analysis, modernization, and advancement (AvRID) Secretariat.
The basic configuration that was created, based on the challenging performance requirements of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will go through three further series within the conceptual idea using higher devotion test tools and codes.
The MoDP yearbook stated that the AvRID Secretariat has completed the first cycle of the conceptual design. “The first cycle of the conceptual design phase has been completed. The first configuration that was designed based on the challenging performance requirements of PAF will go through three more cycles within the conceptual design using higher fidelity analysis tools and codes.” the yearbook stated.
Pakistan is working on its very own 5th Generation Stealth-Fighter Jet program to keep with the brisk improvement in the armor industry ahead of the world. In this project, the progress of leading weapon systems and MALE UAVs also introduced. Pakistani Aircraft JF-17 challenged Against seven Other Fighter Jets for a Billion of Dollar Deal.
the FGFA is not only a clean-sheet design but currently slated as a medium-to-heavyweight, high-performance jet. It is being thought that the engine of the Chinese Shenyang J-12 Stealth Fighter will resemble the engine of project Azm. Basically, the J12 stealth fighter engine is the expected engine for project Azm.
Chinese J12 fighter aircraft is a single-seat fighter, it was powered by a single afterburning WP-6B engine fed by a nose intake. The highly swept wing was tailored for a planned maximum speed of Mach 1.5, although in practice, the fighter’s speed topped out at Mach 1.39.
Unloaded, the J-12 weighed less than 7,000 pounds and its tiny dimensions meant there was no space for an internal radar. Internal fuel capacity was just 2,756 pounds, although a pair of external fuel tanks could be fitted to extend the jet’s range to a maximum of 861 miles.
PAF Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan in his interview told that he doesn’t suppose the stealth-jet to be practical for more decades. The available concept design of the 5th generation Stealth fighter early came in the form of a tail art on PAF’s C-130B, participating in RIAT 2019.
According to defense analysts, the platform will be a successor to F-16A/B Block-15s, Mirage III, and Mirage 5 with better range and payload carrying capacity compared to JF-17 Thunder jets and ‘optimized for offensive counter-air (OCA), maritime, and deep-strike platforms.
While declaring the beginning of Project Azm, Sohail Aman, the then CAS (Chief of Air Staff) Air Chief Marshal (ACM) stated that the design phase of the UAV is reached in its final stages.
The deadline for the first flight of the MALE UAV, as per MoDP’s 2017-2018 yearbook, was 2019 June. MoDP’s yearbooks intend to expose projects that are completed during a period of 12 to 18 months before their publications, which shows that either MALE UAV has been delayed or flown.
During the interview with Pakistan Air Force Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan revealed that he does not expect the 5th generation fighter aircraft to make its maiden flight for “another decade”.
The Chief of Air Staff further tells about the current Air Staff Requirements (ASR) for the 5th generation fighter jet, which includes “twin-engine single-seater, boasting the likes of super-cruise and laser weapons (directed energy weapons).
Defense analyst Shahid Raza stated that “If my calculations are correct, the aircraft we’ll see being developed under Project Azm 2030 will be a clean-sheet design, built around a SINGLE advanced derivative of the WS-15 class engine. It’ll have low observable characteristics and PAF-defined specifications.”
What more to expect:
the FGFA is not only a clean-sheet design but currently slated as a medium-to-heavyweight, high-performance jet.
This design configuration indicates that the PAF intends to produce a platform capable of heavier payloads and range than the JF-17.
In other words, analysts believe that a platform optimized for offensive counter-air (OCA), maritime, and deep-strike platforms, i.e., a direct successor of both the F-16A/B Block-15s and the Mirage III/5…
Pakistan’s army obtains 31 Billion rupees by Exporting Armed Defense stock in 2019. Some articles also pointed that China is also likely to share its Chengdu J-20 technology with Pakistan because China is one of the best friends of Pakistan in the world.
Besides Project AZM of Pakistan Air Force, Project Hangor is being led by Pakistan Navy to acquire and build 8X Hanger Class Submarines. While Project Haider is led by Pakistan Army to develop & build a 4th gen Tank.