China-Pak fighter deal under threat
The fighter deal is under threat due to Moscow's refusal to allow China the deliveries of warbirds to Pakistan with Russian engines.india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 20:13 IST
The Sino-Pak fighter deal is under threat due to Moscow's refusal to allow China the deliveries of warbirds to Pakistan with Russian engines even as Beijing is mounting pressure to include Islamabad in the military customers list, a media report said on Tuesday.
China has appealed to Russia to include Pakistan in the list of countries with which Moscow has military-technological trade partnerships. Otherwise, China cannot fulfill its contract for the delivery of FC-1 fighter planes with Russian engines to Pakistan, Kommersant daily reported.
China signed an agreement with Pakistan to deliver 150 FC-1 jets under the name JF-17 Thunder.
A Chinese delegation is arriving here for negotiations which will insist that Pakistan be included in the list of countries with which Russia has agreed to conduct military-technical trade, the report said adding otherwise, Beijing will have to default on its contract for delivery of FC-1 fighter jets to Pakistan.
The FC-1, also known as the Super-7, the first Chinese multirole fighter, is designed for the international market.
Chengdu Aircraft Industry began the development of the plane in the early 1990s.
Around 50 per cent of the cost -- $75 million -- was borne by Pakistan, the daily said.
China's National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation, Pakistan's Aviation Integrated Company, Israel's IAI, and Russia's OKB-Mikoyan Engineering Center all took part in the project. The FC-1 made its first flight in August 2003.
However, under the existing contract with Beijing, Russia has agreed to fit only Chinese fighter jets with Russian engines.