Defense Cooperation Procurements & Production: Jan - Dec 2013

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/05/desert-tech-utah-gunmaker-turns-down-15-million-deal-with-pakistan/

 

Desert Tech, Utah gunmaker, turns down $15 million deal with Pakistan
Published January 05, 2014
Associated Press

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH –  A Utah-based gun manufacturer has turned down a $15 million deal to supply Pakistan with precision rifles, citing concerns they could eventually be used against U.S. troops.

Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns.

It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal.

"We don't know that those guns would've went somewhere bad, but with the unrest we just ended up not feeling right about it," Davis told KTVX-TV.

The company, based in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City, was founded in 2007 on the principle of keeping America and its allies safe, he added.

"As a business owner you always want to be successful, but I think ethically and morally you want to go about it the right way and stick behind your founding principles," Davis told KSL.

Weapons sales to allies such as Pakistan are nothing new but they can be complicated, especially in a country with an al-Qaida presence. The U.S. often targets al-Qaida, Taliban and their Pakistani supporters in the country's tribal regions.

"I've got to admire Desert Tech for potentially turning down what could have been a very lucrative contract in the interest of protecting American service members," said Col. Steven R. Watt of the Utah National Guard.

The rifles can change caliber within minutes and have the capacity to shoot as far as 3,000 yards.

Desert Tech, formerly known as Desert Tactical Arms, has had military contracts with other countries but declined to reveal specifics.

 

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Pakistan refutes Utah gun maker’s claim on rifles contract
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Desert Tech, formerly known as Desert Tactical Arms, has had military contracts with other countries but declined to reveal specifics. – AP Photo/File
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2014-01-10 23:46:29
 
WASHINGTON: Pakistan has refuted a claim made by a Utah gun maker, Desert Tech last week that the company had turned down a $15 million deal to sell precision rifles to Pakistan.
 
In response to media queries regarding the Associated Press’s report, a spokesman of the Pakistani embassy in Washington said Desert Tech's claim that they were approached and short listed for a $15 mln contract to provide Pakistan with precision rifles, which they turned down, is “without basis.”
 
According to the report, Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ‘ethical concerns’.
 
It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal.
 
The Pakistani spokesman said: “On the contrary, Desert Tech never even made it to the shortlist, though the company had shown interest in securing the deal initially.”
 
“Desert Tech’s first and foremost ethical responsibility should be honesty. The company unfortunately clearly violated it by fabricating a story that at best is a publicity stunt,” the embassy said in a statement.
 
“Pakistan and the United States enjoy a productive and mutually beneficial defense partnership, now for decades – a relationship that has been particularly critical more recently in fighting terrorists and in protecting our two peoples. Any insinuation to the contrary is unwarranted and misguided,” the statement underlined.
 

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Defence talks with Saudi Arabia begin

 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia started on Monday talks on bilateral defence cooperation under what is often described by the Pakistani leadership as ‘New Era of Strategic Partnership’ between the two countries.

The two countries had agreed on reinvigorating their defence relationship during Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal’s visit to Islamabad earlier this month. However, it was left to the defence experts to work out the details.

Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Suleman bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who was in Islamabad for follow-up meetings, opened talks with the military authorities at the General Headquarters on Monday.

In a departure from the protocol, the deputy defence minister was given a guard of honour on arrival at the GHQ. He met Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif before the start of the delegation-level talks.

The two sides have not disclosed the areas in which they are intending to enhance their cooperation, but sources say Riyadh is interested in procuring military hardware produced in Pakistan and training.

Warming of Pak-Saudi ties, after six years of unease due to political reasons, has been driven by developments on the international scene following which Riyadh looks to be needing Islamabad’s support.

The visiting Saudi minister opened the talks by praising “Pak Army’s professionalism and combat efficiency” and paying tribute to the “bravery and sacrifices” of Pakistani troops in the war on terrorism.

Prince Suleman also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Mr Sharif, speaking on this occasion, called for starting the new phase of intensified ties.

“In view of current challenges, there is a need to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries and a new era of strategic relationship needs to start in order to further broaden and deepen the existing cordial bilateral relations”, Mr Sharif was quoted by his office as having said.

The two leaders discussed the regional situation and about how they could coordinate their positions and support each other.

 

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1081677/defence-talks-with-saudi-arabia-begin

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Saudi crown prince to visit for business, defence cooperation talks

By Web DeskPublished: February 13, 2014
 
 
During the visit, Prince Salman would hold talks with the president and the prime minister on bilateral and international matters of mutual interest. PHOTO: AFP/FILE
 
ISLAMABAD: The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who also serves as the deputy prime minister and minister for defence of the kingdom, is scheduled to visit Pakistan from February 15-17 on the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for talks on subject.
 
According to a Foreign Office (FO) release, the Saudi crown prince would be leading a high powered delegation including Minister of Economy and Planning Dr Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Nizar Bin Obaid Madani along with important Saudi businessmen.
The visit is of special significance since it would be his first visit to Pakistan after assuming this position. He had earlier visited Pakistan in 1998 when was serving as the governor of Riyadh.
 
During the visit, Prince Salman is expected hold talks with the President and the prime minister on bilateral and international matters of mutual interest.
 
Among other senior dignitaries, the minister for defence, the minister for finance, the speaker of the national assembly, the adviser to the prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs and the chief of Army Staff would be calling on the crown prince.
 
The key topics in the agenda include ways to increase export of Pakistani manpower to Saudi Arabia and to facilitate the Pakistani community residing in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
 
Later, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam Khan explained that there is no specific reference to stationing of Pakistani troops in Saudi Arabia, though other defence matters are expected to come under discussion.
 
“We have been providing training to the Saudi Armed Forces. We would also be interested in sale of arms to Saudi Arabia like JF-17 Thunder and Mushshaq aircraft and other equipment.”
 
Categorically denying that Saudi Arabia was interested in acquiring nuclear arsenal from Pakistan, the spokesperson said “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are not discussing nuclear cooperation.”
 
She added that Pakistani nuclear installations were safe with the country dealing with nuclear technology for more than 40 years. “We have a number of nuclear power plants in the civilian domain. We have a nuclear weapons program which is a declared one. We have extensive security regimes for both. Our civilian nuclear program is under IAEA safeguards and it is meant to provide energy and it is also used in agriculture and medical fields.”
 
She concluded that talks on nuclear installations was propaganda. “This campaign is motivated and baseless and we reject it.”
As for a draft defence-cum-security pact between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia having been prepared for signing during the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince, the FO spokesperson said a number of proposals are under consideration, and they will “probably be finalised over the next two or three days.”
 
Trade with India
 
On the issue of trade with India and postponement of its trade minister’s visit, the spokesperson said, that only the Indian side can answer for why they cancelled the visit.
 
On the resumption of the trade route across the Line of Control in Kashmir, the spokesperson said that Pakistan did not want to create impediments in trade.
 
“We have already decided to restore trade because it is for the Kashmiris and for their interaction and benefit. We decided that Pakistan should not be the one creating any impediments. We do hope that similar gestures would be visible from the other side.”
She elaborated, “Now it is up to the local authorities to decide how they want to proceed with this.… India had proposed that we should hold the meeting of the Joint Working Group on cross-LoC CBMs.”
 
This meeting, the foreign spokesperson said, is likely to take place in Delhi during this month probably after Feb 22 or 23. We hope that during this meeting, we will be able to work out and agree on some arrangements to improve the systems on the line of control (LoC) and monitoring of the cargo that goes both ways so that any incident of this nature does not happen in future. “
 
About the minister’s allegation that there was no clarity on Pakistan side regarding granting MFN status to India, she said, “We agreed on certain timelines. There were Pakistan’s concerns that were presented when the two commerce ministers met and there were Indian concerns. They agreed on a number of measures and timelines to achieve those. Since the meeting was held in India, we expected the Indian side to provide the agreed points to us that we discussed. But when the communication arrived, it somehow skipped some parts that were of interest to Pakistan. We have sought a clarification that is where the matters are at the moment. I think, visit may have been cancelled because we still did not have the clarity on how to proceed forward.”
 
Karzai and Obama stalemate
 
To a question regarding stalemate between President Karzai and President Obama on signing the BSA, the spokesperson said, “We are very clear that we want peace and stability and we are willing to help in whatever way we can. When and how the US and Afghanistan sort out whatever differences they have, is their business.”
 
However, the spokesperson added that Pakistan’s reservations on use of Afghan soil also extended to the use of bases on the other side of the Durand line.
 
Drone strikes in Pakistan are directly related to BSA because there are four air bases in Afghanistan from where drones are operated, she explained, “When we say that Afghan territory should not be used against Pakistan, it covers drone attacks as well. About the spillover effect, yes, we are aware of that.”
 
She added, “There is a question of Afghan refugees as well. Return of those who are already here and apprehensions that if the security situation is not stable, more refugees may pour in. So we have these concerns and that is why we have very high stakes in peace and stability in Afghanistan. We are working with the Afghan government and other international partners.”
 
To a query whether Pakistan is looking to expand its relations with NATO beyond 2014, the foreign office spokesperson replied, “We have ongoing engagement; we have regular dialogue at various levels, and there are also some mechanisms that are under consideration on how to formalise our dialogue and cooperation.
 

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Chinese Defence Minister, COAS discuss regional security
 
 
February 27, 2014 - Updated 1933 PKT 
From Web Edition
 
 
RAWALPINDI: Defence Minister of China, Chang Wanquan, called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif at General Headquarters here on Thursday.
 
The meeting was followed by delegation level bilateral talks, said an ISPR press release issued here.
 
During the meeting, issues of mutual interest, regional security and measures to enhance bilateral defence collaboration were discussed.
 
Earlier, on arrival at General Headquarters, a smartly turned out contingent presented Guard of Honour to the Defence Minister, who laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhuda and paid rich tribute to the sacrifices of Pakistan Army for peace and stability in the region.
 

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Pakistan, Maldives discuss expansion in defence relations
 
Posted by: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th March 2014
 
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and Maldives on Monday discussed to broaden defence relations and expansion cooperation in military training, joint military exercises and defence production.
 
During a meeting between Chief of Defence Force, Maldives, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Shiyam and Federal Defence Secretary, Lt Gen.(Retd) Asif Yasin Malik here, the both sides also emphasized on cooperation in production small arms, ammunition, aircraft like JF-17, Super Mashak and K-8, security vehicles and bullet proof jackets.
 
Maj. Gen. Ahmed Shiyam said that Pakistan had always been supportive of cordial relations between the two countries and expressed hope that the relationship between the two countries will further deepen.
 
On the occasion, Asif Yasin Malik added that Pakistan respects sovereignty and integrity of each nation and Pakistan will continue to support Maldives on regional and international forums.
 
The Chief of the Defence Force, Maldives showed keen interest in the area of training and said that Pakistan has some of the best Armed Forces Training Institutes in the world.
 
The Defence Secretary expressed hope that ties between the two countries would grow further.
 
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King of Bahrain vows to enhance military cooperation at JSHQ
 
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King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain meets Pakistani civil-military leadership at JSHQ in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. – Photo courtesy: ISPR
Published 
2014-03-20 01:38:59
 
ISLAMABAD: King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain along with his delegation made an unprecedented visit to the Joint Services Headquarters (JSHQ) in Rawalpindi, said a press release issued by ISPR on Wednesday night.
 
The king is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan, leading a 21-member delegation which includes his top defence and internal security chiefs.
 
Upon his arrival, King Hamad was received by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood. Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt were also present on the occasion.
 
The ISPR press release said that both sides discussed “brotherly relations between the two countries and vowed to further enhance military cooperation.”
 
“Paying rich tributes to Pakistan's Military for its valour and sacrifices in defence of the motherland, His Majesty particularly praised professionalism, quality of training and commitment of Pakistan's Armed Forces,” it added.
 
King Hamad was also presented a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of tri-services.
 
Pakistan has been looking at the visit as an opportunity for expanding trade and promoting investment links but Bahrain appears more interested in bolstering defence relationship.
 
A Bahraini official said that in his talks with Pakistani leaders the king would touch upon current “regional and international developments as well as issues of mutual interest.”
 
It is routine for Pakistani services chiefs to pay courtesy calls on foreign heads of state and government while visiting Islamabad, but a trip by a foreign leader to the JSHQ is exceptional.
 
A source told Dawn that the king was expected to discuss reinforcement of defence cooperation between the two countries during his visit to the JSHQ.
 
Pakistan had in 2011 helped Bahrain quell an uprising against the monarchy by sending security personnel recruited through military’s welfare wings – Fauji Foundation and Bahria Foundation.
 
Moreover, Pakistan had previously aided Bahrain in setting up its naval forces and 18 per cent of the Gulf state’s air force comprises Pakistani personnel. It is estimated that over 10,000 Pakistanis are serving in security services of Bahrain.
 
The Bahrain government had in the past expressed interest in procuring defence equipment from Pakistan.
 
The king had begun his visit on Tuesday by meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s House.
 
Sharif said Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy “close and cordial relations based on mutual trust and understanding.”
 

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Engility Corp., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $36,550,954 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for systems engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Software Engineering and Acquisition Management Division. This contract includes systems integration and software development, platform simulation, integration and laboratory engineering, and software engineering. These services are in support of the U.S. Navy and governments of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, and Thailand. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in January 2015. Navy working capital funds in the amount of $620,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($32,895,854; 90 percent) and the governments of Australia ($365,510; 1 percent); Brazil ($365,510; 1 percent); Canada ($365,510; 1 percent); Denmark ($365,510; 1 percent); Germany ($365,510; 1 percent); Japan ($365,510; 1 percent); Norway ($365,510; 1 percent); Pakistan ($365,510; 1 percent); South Korea ($365,510; 1 percent); and Thailand ($365,510; 1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00421-14-C-0021).

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Engility Corp., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $36,550,954 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for systems engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Software Engineering and Acquisition Management Division. This contract includes systems integration and software development, platform simulation, integration and laboratory engineering, and software engineering. These services are in support of the U.S. Navy and governments of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, and Thailand. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in January 2015. Navy working capital funds in the amount of $620,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($32,895,854; 90 percent) and the governments of Australia ($365,510; 1 percent); Brazil ($365,510; 1 percent); Canada ($365,510; 1 percent); Denmark ($365,510; 1 percent); Germany ($365,510; 1 percent); Japan ($365,510; 1 percent); Norway ($365,510; 1 percent); Pakistan ($365,510; 1 percent); South Korea ($365,510; 1 percent); and Thailand ($365,510; 1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00421-14-C-0021).

 

 

Probably P-3C related avionics work

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Pakistan, China begin joint military exercise
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Troops of Pakistan Army and People Liberation Army China, establishing a medical city during joint military exercise " Peace angel 2014" — Photo courtesy of ISPR
Updated 
2014-04-20 16:26:44
 
 
RAWALPINDI: Two week long Pak-China Joint military exercise "Peace Angel 2014" commenced on Sunday near the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
 
"Peace Angel 2014" would certainly pave the way for further cementing the existing bilateral relations between armies of the two countries, according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
 
The statement added that the joint exercise aimed at sharing mutual experience and information in medical field through a comprehensive training programme in near real time environment.
 
Flags of both countries were hoisted and national anthem played to mark the opening of the military exercise.
 
Pakistan Army's Major General Hamayun Aziz, and senior colonel Liu Agiou of the People Liberation Army China, represented their respective countries in the opening ceremony.
 
The exercise was particularly designed within the scope of disaster relief operations caused due to massive floods and terrorist attacks on relief camps.
 
It would also provide an opportunity to exchange latest technological advancement in medical field to improve medical operations during peace and war.
 

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http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/pakistan-mine-resistant-ambush-protected-mrap-vehicles


WASHINGTON, Sep 19, 2014 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan for 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, spair and repair parts, and training, etc., for an estimated cost of $198 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale of 160 Navistar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to include (110 MaxxPro Dash DXM, 30 MaxxPro Base DXM, 10 MaxxPro Dash DXM Ambulances, and 10 MaxxPro Recovery Vehicles with protection kits), spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and equipment training, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $198 million.

The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a country vital to U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in South Asia.

The proposed sale of MRAPs will ensure that Pakistan can effectively operate in hazardous areas in a safe, enhanced survivability vehicle, and improves Pakistan’s interoperability with U.S. forces. By acquiring this capability, Pakistan will be able to provide the same level of protection for its own forces as the United States provides for its forces. Pakistan, which currently possesses MRAPS, has successfully demonstrated the ability to operate and maintain the vehicles in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations, and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional vehicles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Navistar Defense Corporation in Madison Heights, Michigan. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of the proposed sale will require approximately two (2) U.S. Government and twenty-four (24) contractor representatives in Pakistan for a period of approximately 18 months to perform inspections and deprocessing of vehicles upon delivery; provide assistance in installation of vehicle accessory kits; provide fault diagnosis and repairs; perform corrective maintenance, to include accident and battle damage assessment and repairs; conduct operator and maintainer training; and conduct inventories and maintain accountability of USG provided material.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.

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Pakistan asked for RFI for

 

MI28NE

Pantsir CS1

TorMK2M

Buk M2

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Pakistan asked for RFI for

 

MI28NE

Pantsir CS1

TorMK2M

Buk M2

 

 

This is not good in my opinion. Russian/Chinese/Western air defence systems!?

 

What can Pantsir/Buk do that SPADA cannot?

 

What can Tor do that Anza MKIII cannot?

 

Also wont all these systems be compromised by India?

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This is not good in my opinion. Russian/Chinese/Western air defence systems!?

 

What can Pantsir/Buk do that SPADA cannot?

 

What can Tor do that Anza MKIII cannot?

 

Also wont all these systems be compromised by India?

 

I have seen valuable posts. This is not one of those. I give info and then a chai sessions starts. Do you really think Pak is stupid?

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This is not good in my opinion. Russian/Chinese/Western air defence systems!?

 

What can Pantsir/Buk do that SPADA cannot?

 

What can Tor do that Anza MKIII cannot?

 

Also wont all these systems be compromised by India?

I agree in that if acquired I don't know how we will be able to integrate Western systems with their Russian counterparts to be able to talk to one another in a net centric environment but I can see the SA15 offering value for our Strike Corp to offer some level of protection when advancing into enemy territory.

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If we can integrate Chinese weapons in our command and control, Russian weapons should be not that much more of a challenge either. While I have no love lost for their Hinds ... the Russian have top notch air defense weapons that can accompany our strike corps, something we are currently sourly lacking. SPADA (Based on AIM-7, similar to what our Type-21s have) are more or less static systems that can be used to protect fixed assets. Systems like the Pantsir that are highly mobile and are meant to protect an advancing strike force and Anza or other man-portable SAMS are not comparable to it at all in any way or form. There is a very good reason why UAE even ordered these despite having no lack of options to acquire anything from the West.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantsir-S1

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Pakistan-US talks on defence resume today

WASHINGTON: The United States and Pakistan resume their defence consultation on Monday as relations between the two allies enter a new phase of renewed cooperation.

A Pakistani delegation, headed by Secretary Defence retired Lt Gen Alam Khattak, was to reach Washington on Sunday night for the talks. This will be the 23rd meeting of the US-Pakistan Defence Consultative Group, which was founded to devise joint strategies for combating militancy in the Pak-Afghan area.

The talks are held amid new signs of improvement in relations between the defence establishments of the two countries.

“Tensions of the recent past are being removed and a new consensus is emerging,” said a senior Pakistani diplomat while commenting on the talks. “Now there are more convergences than differences.”

The talks will focus on the post-2014 US military strategy for the Pak-Afghan region and on Pakistan’s campaign to eradicate terrorism.

“There is a realisation that the campaign must target terrorists on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border,” the diplomat said. “Failure on one side will have repercussions on the other side too.”

The Defence Consultative Group allows both sides to exchange views and coordinate defence policy with the goal of strengthening defence cooperation to support each country’s security interests.

In the last meeting, both sides acknowledged that their “defence partnership was vital to regional and international security and that it should continue to endure and grow in the years ahead.”

 

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149468/pakistan-us-talks-on-defence-resume-today

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