Agreed with Mastakhan and Raftar too.
If the MMRCA had been completed in time, for instance,
the political game might have allowed for JF-17 upgrade
But it ties in nicely with S-A-B-E-R's point too in that the
expertise is built on parts and systems first.
So that Pakistan has to find a program it can launch in-house
with cooperation, be it a motor or a weapon system and
get the tech savvy from it before going on to a second one
AND THEN proceed to attempt a full blown local development.
If one of those was autonomous ( read : China not involved )
the fears of technology leaking to the Eastern giant would be
greatly reduced and more up-to-date equipment would suddenly
Assembly of JF-17 is a first step only. It has to go further.
There are no reason why this cannot become a reality if the
political will is implemented.
Partenership with other BRIC members like Brazil* could also be
envisioned to promote that learning process and open export
possibilities to Pakistan in the near future.
Good day all, Tay.
*Brazil made components and Tucanos and took part in the AMX
before being able to ask for a local assembly of the Rafale.