To start with, India-Pakistan relations have never been too friendly at any point in time. Still, formality and diligence are followed by both parties.
India has cracked deals with Russia and France regarding getting Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, who got a boost up from these deals.
Pakistan has also made a deal and acquired an entire squadron of 25 multirole J-10C fighter jets from its all-weather friend China.
China and Pakistan relations become more strong
Pakistan and China had a joint exercise last year. The joint exercises started on December 7 in Pakistan and lasted about 20 days, with China sending warplanes including J-10C, J-11B jets, KJ-500 early warning aircraft, and Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, while Pakistan participated with the JF-17 and Mirage III fighter jets.
Announcing the new fighter jet to the Pakistani fleet was done by Rashid Ahmed. Speaking on Wednesday, to the media in his home city of Rawalpindi Rashid stated that a full squadron of 25 all-weather aircraft comprising J-10C will attend the Pakistan Day ceremony on March 23 next year.
The minister, who often characterizes himself a ‘graduate of Urdu-medium institutions’ to poke fun at his elite English-medium colleagues, added a fun bit by pronouncing the name of the aircraft incorrectly as JS-10 instead of J-10C.
Indian Rafale vs Pakistani J-10C
India sealed a deal with Russia to procure a batch of S-400 air defense missiles at a cost of $5 billion in October last year.
India had also signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.
The French twin-engine, Dassault Rafale is highly recommended and has added a fresh boost to the Indian Air force.
Pakistan brought J-10C from China to counter the French Rafale as it was looking for a new multirole all-weather jet to augment its defense which Indian purchased Rafale jets from France are known for.