Amid improve relation between Pakistan and South Korea, Pakistan has begin negotiating purchase of KAI T-50 advanced jet trainer. PAF is looking to revamp and modernise its training program by inducting new generation training jets.
On March 26, South Korea’s Defence Agency for Technology & Quality and Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production signed a memorandum to ensure mutual standards of quality .
Lt. Gen. Tanvir Tahir of Pakistan’s Ministry for Defence Production said, “Pakistan is examining the [T-50] and assessing our needs and requirements accordingly.”
Former Australian defense attache to Islamabad Brian Cloughley said, “It is apparent that the Koreans are serious about further collaboration .”
Justin Bronk of the Royal United Services Institute is skeptical of the need for a supersonic LIFT and said the “K-8’s suitability for continued use will depend on fleet fatigue, life remaining and avionics fit, rather than performance characteristics per se.”
According to him a dedicated supersonic LIFT would cost would be same as one F-16, and thus a twin-seat JF-17 would be preferable option for advance training.