Pakistan and China have agreed to jointly develop long-range radar-equipped early warning aircraft, the Pakistan Air Force said on Friday in a statement.
The announcement came during a visit to the country by Chinese President Hu Jintao in which the two allies are expected to discuss expanding ties in the defence, nuclear, economic and trade sectors.
The Pakistan Air Force and Chinese Aviation Industries agreed "for long term collaboration and co-development in the fields of aircraft manufacturing and other related fields including AWACS," the PAF said.
It said a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Islamabad between the PAF and the Chinese Aviation Company, CETC, for the improvement and further development of Chinese Airborne Early Warning System.
"The same may be delivered to Pakistan in coming years," the statement said.