On March 23, 2017, a grand Pakistan Day parade was celebrated in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. At the ceremony, the first appearance of the Combined Honor Guard of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attracted the audiences. Far more excitedly, the CATIC’s exported F-7P/F-7PG, K-8P, Z-9EC and JF-17 made their public appearances These aircraft attracted the audience and were highly appraised while flying in the sky.
Picture 1 The JF-17s cooperated by China and Pakistan make public appearance at the Pakistan Day parade
Picture 2 The K-8P trainers at the parade
Picture 3 The F-7 jet fighters exported by CATIC
Picture 4 The Z-9ECs helicopters
The history of CATIC and Pakistan can date back to the 1980’s. Through more than 30 years of sincere cooperation, CATIC has delivered several hundreds of various aircraft, including trainers, transports, fighters, helicopters and UAVs to the Pakistan’s army, navy and air force. Furthermore, through the strengthening trust, the cooperation has turned from the aircraft sales and spare parts support to the establishment of aircraft and engine overhaul capability, aircraft R&D as well as cooperative production, which are playing a significant role in the Pakistan’s defense power and aviation industry.
On March 7, 2017, the Aircraft Rebuild Factory (ARF) of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) celebrated its No.1000 overhauled aircraft rollout and K-8P overhaul capability completion ceremony in Kamra, Pakistan.
At the ceremony, the PAF Chief of Air Staff and the Minister of Defence Production delivered their addresses, giving a high appraisal to the achievements that ARF has achieved in the past over 40 years. They also expressed their thanks to the China’s support. The Chinese representative said that the ARF’s No.1000 aircraft overhauled had seen the aviation friendship between China and Pakistan. He wished a great success in the future FC-1/JF-17 overhaul project.
The ceremony not only signifies the successful operation of the K-8P overhaul project between China and Pakistan, but also strengthens the trust and confidence between the both sides, which lays an important foundation for the future FC-1/JF-17 overhaul project.