Czech media reports that Pakistan is interested in the Aero L-159 lead-in fighter trainer and light attack aircraft. Process is in the very early stages, but the Czech Ministry of Defence is leading the effort to market the L-159 to Pakistan.
I think it’s a possibility. The L-159’s power-rating sits between the K-8 and JF-17, making it an appropriate bridge for FCUs.
It’s also worth noting that the current CAS’ statements about not wanting LIFT (due to cost) were made when the L-159 was out of production. Aero revived the L-159, so now it is a factor to consider.
For the PAF the issue will be the cost-of-operating the aircraft, a big problem with the T-50, L-15, M-346 and Yak-130 was that the costs were almost as those of the JF-17 and F-16.
IF the L-159 costs less to fly than the JF-17 and has a good acquisition price, then it is a probable lock.
//The company Aero Vodochody is slowly starting to shape new orders. Negotiations on the sale of new machines L-39CW and L-159 to Thailand and Pakistan were far from being negotiated.
That bidding with Islamabad and Bangkok is very promising, the Euro checked last week during the talks at the Dubai Airshow Aviation Fair. This information was confirmed by several sources from the Prague Department of Defense. “While Thailand has a long experience with using training L-39, Pakistan, in turn, needs subsonic attack planes, and L-159 seems ideal,” a high-ranking official told Euro.//