Pakistan begins construction of aerospace complex

Proposed facility intended to support self-reliance in aerospace production; Complex will also produce fifth-generation fighters, says air force chief

On 6 July, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) broke ground on a new industrial base intended to support development of the country’s military and commercial aerospace capability.

The new complex – named ‘Aviation City’ – is being established within the state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra in the north of the country, and is expected to be operational within the next two years. The PAC is owned and run by the PAF.

The complex is intended to house a range of aerospace academic, research, and development institutes and collaborate on major programs with the PAC; the facility will also provide a base for a proposed Aviation Design Institute.

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