Pakistan plans to offer its PAC JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Bulgaria under the country's tender to acquire 16 combat aircraft for its military.
The Bulgarian Air Force is aiming to replace its outdated Soviet-designed Mikoyan MiG-21 aircraft, Novinite, local media reported.
The country's Defense Ministry has shortlisted old F-16s, the Eurofighter Typhoon and Sweden's Gripen.
Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolai Nenchev said that he aimed to visit the US in the first quarter of 2015 to discuss the potential procurement.
If the Bulgarian government decides to acquire the JF-17, the country would become the aircraft's first foreign operator.
The first prototype of the JF-17 was launched in May 2003, and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and China's Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group have been jointly producing the fighter jet since 2007. The aircraft is enabled with a service ceiling of 55,500 feet and a maximum speed of 700 knots, according to data released by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.
The fighter jet's glass cockpit and hands-on throttle and stick controls reduce pilot workload, and it can be armed with beyond-visual-range active missiles with a range of 70 to 100 kilometers and highly agile imaging infrared short-range missiles.
Pakistan has test fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a distance of 2,750 kilometers, the Pakistani Armys Directorate of Inter-Services-Intelligence (ISI) Public Relations announced in its statement on Monday. Pakistan media has claimed that most Indian Cities fall under the range of the missile
China and Pakistan are planning to display a two-seater version of the Xiaolong fighter at Paris Air Show 2015 to be held from June 15-21. Both the nations have plans to introduce the two seater version of FC-1 Xiaolong multirole fighter, also known as the JF-17 Thunder to the overseas market, according to Military Parade
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has purchased the Chinese-made “Karakoram Eagle “airborne early warning aircraft. The aircraft, a variant developed to Pakistani requirements and designated ZDK-03, is equipped a Chinese AESA radar mounted on the Shaanxi Y-8F600 four turboprop transport aircraft
Pakistan will be importing JF-17 fighter engines from Russia, The Express Tribune Daily reported Saturday. Pakistan was importing engines via China earlier
Pakistan on Monday successfully test fired the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) which can deliver nuclear warheads up to 350 km with pin-point accuracy. The Raad missile enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability both on land and at sea
The Bulgarian Cabinet last week approved defense projects worth well more than a billion euro to acquire new jet fighters and two new naval patrol vessels. The Bulgarian Parliaments committees on defence and on budget and finance has approved the military shopping list, also including armoured vehicles, at the end of March, The Sofia Globe reported
Bulgaria may lose access to spares and documetation of it MiG-29 fighters following a decsion to carry out servicing of its aircraft in Poland. In a move to limit dependency on Russia, Bulgaria chose not to renew its existing repair and maintenance contract with Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (abbreviated RSK MiG) which ends in September, instead it entered into a servicing agreement with Poland for the maintenance of its old MiG-29s in August
Bulgaria plans to sign a contract with Poland to repair its MiG-29 fighter jets. Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Thursday that nine of the country's nineteen MiG-29 fighter jets need repair
Sri Lanka might become the first customer to acquire the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet from Pakistan. According to Pakistan based 92NewsHD reports, Sri Lanka might order around 18-24 lightweight multi-role jets, which are locally produced in cooperation with its ally China
Pakistani-Chinese JF-17 Thunder fighter might be the beginning of the end of western dominance of the global fighter aircraft market. The JF-17s international flight debut at the Paris Air Show 2015 was further enhanced by the absence of US fighters such as the F-16 and F/A-18
Myanmar has signed deal with Pakistan to Buy JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. The fighter is also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, Naypyidaw, Islamabad's Capital Television reported on March 18
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