Pakistan Seeks Joint Plane Engine Development With Russia

PAC JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft


A Russian engine is being installed in Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder fighter jet which inspires hope for cooperation between the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Russian engine maker, a PAC representative said on Monday.

“As we know, a Russian engine is being installed on the JF-17 Thunder and we are looking forward to further cooperation with the engine manufacturer in Russia,” the Pakistani official told RIA Novosti news agency on the sidelines of the 2015 Dubai Air Show on Monday.
The PAC representative expressed interest in having Pakistani engine specialists undergo training in Russia and their Russian colleagues helping modernize the company’s engine-repair facilities in Pakistan.The JF-17 all-weather multirole fighter, jointly developed by Pakistan and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, is currently being modified with a Russian-made RD-93 engine.

Founded in 1971 by the Pakistan Air Force, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex is a major aerospace, defense, aviation contractor and military corporation producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage.

Real Deal: Pakistan Confirms Interest in Russian Su-35 Fighters

A Sukhoi SU-35 jetfigther performs its demonstration flight during the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, Thursday, June 20, 2013


Pakistan is poised to upgrade its air force by purchasing what are arguably the best combat aircraft already in use – Russian Su-35 fighters, and here is why.

A Pakistani government official spoke to IHS Jane’s, confirming that the sides had already discussed a possible purchase of the advanced aircraft, as the Pakistani Air Force requires a two-engine fighter “that can fly for a longer range than the JF-17 and penetrate more deeply into the enemy’s territory”.Currently the country’s air force operates a fleet of US F-16s, French Mirage-5s, Chinese F-7s and Sino-Pakistani JF-17s.

Earlier, Moscow and Islamabad clinched a deal on the delivery of Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters to Pakistan, and the contract could be expanded.

While the media are discussing the PAK FA, F-35 and J-20, the fifth-generation aircraft being tested in Russia, the US and China respectively, the fully operational Su-35 seems even more reliable for the moment. It has been touted as “4++ generation using fifth-generation technology”, rendering it superior to other fourth-generation fighters under development.

Su-34 (left), T-50 (centre) and Su-35 (right) aircraft at the 2015 MAKS air show’s opening ceremony in the Moscow suburban town of Zhukovsky.

In fact, only the absence of stealth technology and an active electronically scanned array formally separates this plane, which is unbelievably maneuverable at low speeds, from the family of fifth-generation jets.The Su-35, NATO reporting name Flanker-E, is a multirole fighter that is capable of engaging several air targets simultaneously.

Pakistan Will Purchase Four Russian Mi-35M Helicopters



According to the Russian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan signed a contract for Russia’s Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Pakistan will acquire four Russian Mi-35M helicopters, the Russian Embassy in Islamabad said Thursday.

“The contract for four Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters was signed late last week,” an embassy spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

According to the spokesperson, the agreement was reached between Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense.

In July, Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrey Shibitov said a decision to supply Mi-35M helicopters to Pakistan to fight terrorism could be made in the near future.In September 2014, Rosoboronexport’s deputy director general, Sergey Goreslavsky, said Pakistan was seeking to purchase several Mi-35M helicopters to combat terrorism. Russia and Pakistan signed a deal to collaborate on defense two months later.

The Mi-24/25/35 family, with capabilities of landing and transporting up to eight paratroopers, is in current use by the Russian, Brazilian, Venezuelan and Azerbaijani armed forces.

Six Nations to Compete in ‘Masters of Air Defense’ Battle at Army Games

'Masters of Air Defense' Battle at Army Games

Participants of the International Army Games 2015 will take aim at more than twenty aircraft and the live cruise missiles of mock aggressors at the Masters of Air Defense Battle-2015 contest on August 8-12.

Over a hundred troops from the six countries taking part in this year’s Army Games will compete at the Masters of Air Defense battle contest, which will be held in Russia’s Krasnodar region on a firing range near the town of Yeysk.Squads from Russia, China, Pakistan, Venezuela, Belarus and Egypt will take part in the competition. All the teams, except the Chinese, will use Russian military equipment. The participants from China will deploy pieces of hardware produced in their homeland.

Every participating team will need to destroy two guided missiles using portable GPHR SAM weapons. Each of those targeted missiles is expected to be launched with an interval of approximately 6-7 seconds. The goal of every squad will be to detect the presence of a missile and eliminate it in less than 15 seconds. Guided missiles will be fired from a Strela 10 Russian air-defense missile system to simulate an enemy attack on the competing troops.

Moreover, troops will have to demonstrate their cross-country driving skills. Squads will ride 14.5 km (9 miles) in armored personnel carriers along routes crafted with artificial barriers.

As reported, more than 50 pieces of military equipment are expected to be used during the contest. The Russian commander of the air-defense team, Lieutenant General Alexander Leonov, said that none of Russia’s cutting-edge military ammunition will be deployed.

“Our squad won’t put the most cutting-edge military technology into service at the contest. Instead, we will use larger-scale weapons, which are used on regular basis by the Russian Army; machines, which were tested in different conditions and are familiar to every troop. Neither the Verba, a man-portable SAM weapon nor the BTR-82 armored personnel carrier will be at the competition. There, we would rather deploy standard pieces like the man-portable Igla SAM weapon and the BTR-80 armored personnel carrier,” Leonov was quoted by Ria Novosti as telling Echo of Moscow.

The lieutenant general said that the event will be broadcasted on national TV along with other International Army Games 2015 contests. He also added that seating will be provided at the firing range for over 1,000 viewers.

Representatives from Iran, Vietnam, Myanmar and Turkmenistan will attend the event as observers, Leonov said. He expressed hope that next year these countries will participate in the contest and the International Army Games in general.

The International Army Games is a series of contests, conducted by the Russian Defense Ministry, which are set to be held in ten locations in Russia from August 1 through August 15. More than 2,000 troops from 17 countries are taking part in the games.

Russia Hosts First International Army Games

Tank Biathlon 2014 competition


Russia hosts the first International Army Games on August 1-15 with teams from 16 other nations expected to take part in various contests organized by the Russian Defense Ministry.

ALABINO (Sputnik) – Russia has held international competitions of tank and aircraft crews over the past two years, and the famous annual Tank Biathlon is expected to become the most important part of the Army Games.Participants of this year’s International Army Games include: Azerbaijan, Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan, Venezuela, as well as Russia.

Teams will participate in 14 military contests, which, along with the Tank Biathlon, will include competitions for military engineers, pilots and drivers, air defense specialists, sappers, paratroopers, military chemists, artillery crews, and even army cooks.

The contests will be held in 11 different locations across Russia.

More than 2,000 foreign troops are expected to take part in the games, with 400 foreign observers also due to attend the event.


Tank crews from four continents have arrived at a firing range in Alabino near Moscow, to take part in the World Championship Tank Biathlon 2015.

Thirteen will participate using the Russian-made T-72B3 tanks. The Chinese team has arrived in Moscow with their own tank, the Type 96A.The vast territory and rugged terrain of Alabino allowed to create a full-scale simulation of combat operations for the competitions. Obstacles, sites and buildings on the site were developed especially for the Army Games.

The contest route for tanks is expected to be more difficult this year with additional obstacles and new shooting practice tests.


The Aviadarts is an annual competition of flight skills and precise shooting, first held in Russia in 2013. The competition will start on August 2.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, more than 50 crews from Russia, Belarus, China and Kazakhstan will be competing. All participants will use their armed forces’ aircraft for the competition. Over 100 pilots, 12 types of planes and helicopters and three airports throughout Russia will be involved.

The contest includes competitions for fighter, bomber, attack, army, military transport and long-range aircraft. Participants will be judged on the accuracy of the firing of rockets and air guns.

The Aviadarts part of the Army Games will include an aviation show with flight demonstrations.


Motorized infantry units will show off-road driving skills during the Suvorov Onslaught contest, named after a renowned Russian 18th century military commander.

The Masters of Automobile and Tank Hardware will see military drivers and mobile repair teams compete on day and night routes.The Masters of Artillery Fire will define the fastest and most accurate artillery crew in a competition at a firing range.

During the Masters of Air Defense part, contestants will vie in passing a cross-country route and firing from portable anti-aircraft system on moving targets.

Nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance units will compete during the Safe Environment contest and engineering troops will vie in the fields of the Safe Route.


As part of the Caspian Derby contest, marines from CIS member states will compete at the Adanak Range on the Caspian Sea coast, whereas the Caspian Cup will define the winner between ship crews in a contest held in the sea itself.


The Airborne Platoon contest will see Russian and foreign paratroopers compete in skills such as parachute landing, firing accuracy, speed and agility.

During the Masters of Reconnaissance, contestants will have to perform air landing, obstacle crossing and show driving skills.

The Open Water competition will see teams overcoming water obstacles, building ferries to deliver combat vehicles to a destination.

Finally, military cooks will show their skills in preparation of food in diverse conditions during the Field Kitchen contest.

Russia, Pakistan Negotiating on Military Mi-35 Helicopters Deal

Mi-35 helicopters

Russia and Pakistan might sign an agreement on selling the combat Mi-35 helicopters to Islamabad.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia is holding the talks with Pakistan on the sale of the combat Mi-35 helicopters to Islamabad, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters Monday.”Currently, negotiations are underway to supply Islamabad with a consignment of Mi-35 military transport helicopters, which will be used for the counter-terrorism operations in the north-west of the country,” Ushakov said.

In March 2015, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain announced the Islamabad’s attention to expand military-technical cooperation with Russia and purchase Russian Mi-35 helicopter gunships.

During the Pakistani delegation’s visit to the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2015 held in Russia in June, plans to finalize an agreement on the purchase of Russian military equipment, including helicopters, were disclosed.In November 2014, Russia and Pakistan signed a deal on cooperation between the countries’ defense ministries, following on good military ties between the two countries dated back to the 1960s, when Pakistan imported defense equipment from the Soviet Union.


No specific talks underway on supply of Russian Mi-35 helicopters to Pakistan — exporter

Russian and Pakistan are only holding consultations

Mil Mi-35M helicopter

“Consultations (over Mi-35) are in progress but there are no talks,” he said at the Le Bourget air show.

Earlier, Rosoboronexport told TASS consultations were afoot with Pakistan on the issue, but avoided disclosing any details.

The head of the state-run corporation Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, declared that Russia had lifted its embargo from the supplies of weapons and military equipment to Pakistan and negotiations about selling a batch of helicopters to that country. The Russian Foreign Ministry said later that a batch of Mi-35 helicopters was on the agenda.

At present Pakistan operates a fleet of several Mi-17 helicopters it had received from the United States for struggle with militants.

Mi-35M is a fundamental upgrade of the Mi-24 helicopter gunship boasting new avionics, onboard equipment, tail air screw and a more powerful engine.