ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Friday successfully launched the avionics production project for the fighter jet (JF-17 Thunder) at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra. Speaking as the chief guest on the historic occasion, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said that a strong air force was essential for the nations survival and, therefore, the self-reliance for PAF was an important factor. He expressed satisfaction that significant progress had been made in achieving national objective of attaining self-reliance in defence industries. He commended the management, airmen and civilians of PAC for their devotion and dedication towards this project of national importance and urged them to continue this journey with added zeal and zest. Earlier, PAC Chairman Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan presented an appraisal of the JF-17 avionics programme activities. He said the generic production and testing facilities had been established at Kamra Avionics and Radar Factory where, besides the Chinese avionics, four indigenously designed and developed avionics systems were also being produced. He informed that the production scope would be progressively broadened to include the production of complete JF-17 avionics suite at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. Secretary of Defence Production, Members of JF-17 Board of Directors, Principal Staff Officers of Pakistan Air Force and representatives from the Chinese aviation industries attended the ceremony.