Air Commodore Raza Haider (Retd)


Air Commodore Raza Haider

Air Commodore Raza Haider (Retd)

Professional Experience

Air Commodore Raza Haider (Retd) is Director at the Centre of Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad, where he conducts research with a specialised focus on Emerging Technologies and Aerospace Industry. An accomplished aerospace engineer with an MPhil in Strategic Studies from the National Defense University, Islamabad, he brings three decades of invaluable experience. He played a pivotal role in the development and production of the JF-17 Thunder aircraft, including five years of experience in China dealing with cutting-edge aerospace technologies. He retired as Deputy Chief Project Director JF-17 Program from Pakistan Air Force and was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz Military on his commendable contributions. Air Commodore Haider is a prolific writer, contributing regularly to various magazines and journals. 


East or West? Who Will Rule the 5th Industrial Revolution?  

The world economy saw a ‘great divergence’ as a result of the first two Industrial Revolutions (IR-1 and IR-2) between 1750 and 1950 AD. The economic shift occurred from East to West as a result of industrial development by Western European nations led by Great Britain. The key to their success was the use of then-new technologies like steam power, mechanisation, automobiles, railways, telegraphs or electricity at every level of industrialisation


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Digital Transformation of the Aerospace Industry 

The aerospace industry has embarked on a rapid journey towards digitalisation, embracing the principles of Industry 4.0 by integrating emerging technologies into its industrial processes. Among the myriad of technologies, those showing the most promise for extensive industrial application include 3D manufacturing, robotics, augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and digital twin simulation. The aerospace industry, being a high-tech sector, is best suited to reap multiple benefits from such emerging technologies.

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3J’s in PAF’s Fighter Fleet: A Lethal Combination

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF), known for its forward-thinking approach, has consistently embraced cutting-edge technologies, boasting a fleet composed of advanced aircraft. Currently, the PAF operates two formidable ‘J series’ fighters: the JF-17 and J-10C, alongside other potent fighters like the US F-16, French Mirage, and Chinese F-7P (originally J-7) aircraft.

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‘Made in China 2025’ : Blueprint for Future Industries

The foundation of a nation’s progress lies in its robust industrial sector, shaping its economic vitality and strategic influence. China, having a formidable industrial base, has secured a prominent global standing across diverse sectors. Its ‘Made in China’ (MIC) 2025 project marks a paradigm shift with a primary focus on becoming a global leader in high-tech industries through a dual-pronged approach.

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