Hi Deino. Your opinions are true, worthy and knowledgeful.
Can you ,please elaborate, confirm the Indian news media about their Rafale jet fightersaying "" Rafale is far better than Pakistan/China JF17 Block3 jet fighter ??
|Unit Cost||Units||Subtotal||Additional COGs (+10%)|
|Z-10ME Gunships||$ 20,000,000||150||$ 3,000,000,000||$ 300,000,000|
|VT-4 MBTs||$ 6,000,000||900||$ 5,400,000,000||$ 540,000,000|
|Sensor Fuzed MLRS/Artillery||$ 3,000,000||120||$ 360,000,000||$ 36,000,000|
|LY-80 SAM Package||$ 100,000,000||3||$ 300,000,000||$ 30,000,000|
|Logistics Trucks (local)||$ 15,000||600||$ 9,000,000||$ 900,000|
|IFVs / APCs (local)||$ 30,000||600||$ 18,000,000||$ 1,800,000|
|$ 9,087,000,000||$ 908,700,000|
It's interesting that this latest MoU was a PLA-PA thing. For the past decade, most of the focus and high level meetings were between the PLAAF and PAF. It seems like the PAF is in a good and stable growth curve, and now focus is shifting to the Army.
Again, I'll argue that the Army needs to spend around $10 billion dollars (over 10 years) in order to regear. Either it needs 3 new armored divisions OR it needs to convert 3 existing infantry divisions and reform them as heavy combined arms divisions. A friend of mine is visiting Pakistan and will be speaking to some of his contacts in the Army, I actually made a table and asked him to 'pitch' this as an example:
Unit Cost Units Subtotal Additional COGs (+10%) Z-10ME Gunships $ 20,000,000 150 $ 3,000,000,000 $ 300,000,000 VT-4 MBTs $ 6,000,000 900 $ 5,400,000,000 $ 540,000,000 Sensor Fuzed MLRS/Artillery $ 3,000,000 120 $ 360,000,000 $ 36,000,000 LY-80 SAM Package $ 100,000,000 3 $ 300,000,000 $ 30,000,000 Logistics Trucks (local) $ 15,000 600 $ 9,000,000 $ 900,000 IFVs / APCs (local) $ 30,000 600 $ 18,000,000 $ 1,800,000 $ 9,087,000,000 $ 908,700,000 Billions $ 10.00
For the capability this equipment provides, $10 billion is a very good deal. With 3 new heavy divisions, in addition to the 2 currently, Pakistan will have serious options, beyond simply a defensive posture. (If you wanna get anything done diplomatically, you need offensive potential to back it up.)
Do we know for a fact that Pakistan is acquiring Z-10?
Not empirical, but deductive. I don't see any other contenders at this point. The T129 is under sanctions and the Cobra Zulu deal is dead, while the Z-10ME has new engines and is available for export.