France, a close friend of India, has given a shock to the Pakistani army. France has decided not to upgrade Pakistan’s Mirage Fighter Jet, Air Defense System and Submarine of Agosta 90B class. In fact, the decision has been taken by the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron at the behest of Turkey in the Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy.
France has also asked Qatar, the country which bought its special fighter aircraft Rafale, to not allow technicians of Pakistan origin to work on the aircraft. This was said because they can leak technical information related to this fighter aircraft to Islamabad. Rafale is now India’s front liner fighter jet. Pakistan had shared important defense data with China in the past.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan recently requested France to upgrade the Mirage and Agosta Submarine. At the same time, Imran had also criticized the defense of French President Emmanuel Macron’s right to make fun of religion. Not only this, France is allowing its citizens seeking asylum from Pakistan only after very rigorous investigation.
The French government’s decision not to upgrade the Mirage jet could have a serious impact on Pakistan’s air force. Pakistan has about 150 Mirage fighter jets manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation. Although only half of them are serviceable. A similar request to upgrade the French-Italian air safety system has also been rejected by France.