Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan's defense is top priority of the government.
Addressing a rolling out ceremony of 50th JF-17 Thunder aircraft at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra on Wednesday‚ he said Pakistan's new defense policy is being formulated keeping in view the ground realities.
The Prime Minister termed production of JF-17 Thunder aircraft as a milestone in the way of self reliance in the sector of defense production and promotion of the Pak-China friendship.
He said Gwadar Port‚ Chashma Nuclear Power Project‚ Karakoram Highway are the glaring precedents of the Pak-China friendship.
Nawaz Sharif said that the government will ensure fulfillment of the requirements of the defence forces to make country's defense invincible.
Nawaz Sharif also formally inaugurated joint manufacturing of first aircraft of Block-2 JF-17 thunder jet.
Pakistan and China also signed an agreement to establishing a joint marketing and sales team for JF-17 Thunder.
Jointly manufactured by Aviation Industry Corp of China and the PAC Kamra, JF-17 Thunder is originally a Chinese product, with the related technology shifted to Pakistan in the recent years.
Regarded as a third-generation multipurpose combat jet, the JF-17 Thunder, in technical terms, is known as FC-1 Fierce Dragon.
The PAF says, it is the only armed force across the globe to have developed its own fighter jet aircraft. It says, the JF-17 can carry a variety of missiles and bombs, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.
It merits recalling here that PM Nawaz Sharif along with a delegation of PAC Kamra had visited Turkish Aerospace Industries in September this year to witness demonstration of T-129 Advance Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter.
The contemplated export of JF-17 Thunder was also discussed then, the PAF sources said.