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Pakistan to export 100 Mushshaq aircraft to Turkey: Gen Qayyum
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ISLAMABAD, Oct 4 (APP): In next two years Pakistan will export 100 trainer jets (Mushshaq) to the brotherly country Turkey, Chairman Standing Committee of Senate on Defence Production Lt Gen ® Abdul Qayyum, here on Tuesday said.
 
This is for the first time, after joining the aircraft manufacturing club, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) would export such a high number of aircraft to any other nation.
 
Talking to APP, after chairing an in-camera deliberations of the meeting, he congratulated the nation that its aircraft manufacturing has received acclaims by the international community which helped the country to manage supply order for export of aircraft in such a sizeable number.
 
In addition to that he pointed out that PAC had developed the repair technology of Swedish aircraft – SAAB – as it had recently repaired two reconnaissance aircraft at Pakistan Air Force’s inventory. These aircraft were damaged during terrorist’s attack on Kamra Air Base.
 
He said, indigenous repair of these aircraft helped country save huge amount on account of foreign exchange.
 
Referring to briefing to the Committee by PAC, he said PAC has brought improvements in production process of JF-17 thunder with the help of China.
 
Expressing his satisfaction on the performance of Ministry of Defence Production he said it has been focussing on indigenization of the major requirements of the armed forces of the country with special regard to arms and ammunition sector. “The shortfalls in various sections were also being overcome by adopting modern techniques by the defence production industry,” he said.
 
He said that the defence production sector of the country is properly being taken care of besides providing necessary funds so that it may be able to export its surplus production.
Abdul Qayyum said committee has urged the provincial governments for purchasing security equipments like bullet proof materials, riffles and other safety gadgets from Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) instead of importing from other countries.
 
Answering a question, he said ties between Pakistan and Russia are improving which will go a long way in achieving lasting peace in the region.
 
The chairman said Pakistan has extended offer to Russia to utilize Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) for carrying out business and trade activity for the betterment of the entire region.
 
He said that Russia had recently given four MI-35 Helicopters to Pakistan which is a sign of improving bilateral relations.
 
Gen Qayyum said the committee has recommended that the coin of Rs 10 denomination be got manufactured from POF which had already attained the capability of manufacturing of coins.
 
He said that the committee has directed Defence Export Division to brief the committee regarding the preparation of the holding of International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS-16) is to be held in November in Karachi.
 

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Nigeria to buy 10 Super Mushshak from Pakistan
 
By Our Correspondent
Published: October 22, 2016
 
ISLAMABAD: Nigeria will buy 10 Super Mushshak aircraft from Pakistan, highlighting growing demand for the indigenously built plane which several countries already operate as a ‘primary trainer’.
 
A signing ceremony for the deal was held on Friday in Abuja, where Nigerian Air Vice Marshal Iya Ahmed Abdullahi and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Chairman Air Marshal Arshad Malik signed the contract, a statement issued by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said.
 
Qatar to buy Super Mushshak
 
The contract also includes operational training and technical support and assistance to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). PAF said it will establish this facility in the shortest possible time.
 
“This contract would not only open new avenues for export of aviation equipment to foreign countries but also help in generating revenue for the country,” the statement said. “The deal further strengthens PAC’s status as a world class aviation industry producing the supersonic JF-17 Thunder and Super Mushshak trainer aircraft,” it added.
 
The Super Mushshak, which is based off a Swedish design but built under license in Pakistan, is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and South Africa.
 
Talks are also at an advanced stage with Qatar and Turkey for the delivery of Super Mushshak, a senior PAF official told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity. He said Super Mushshak is a ‘major success story’ of Pakistan and reflects the country’s potential to become one of the main exporters of such high-tech military equipment.
 
Pakistan-built Super Mushshak gets attraction in African aerospace, defence exhibition
 
The PAF official added that there are a few countries in the world which export aircraft. “Even India with its tall claims has not yet been able to produce an aircraft which has been exported.”
 
Super Mushshak is an advanced variant of the Mushshak basic trainer, which was also produced by PAC. The PAF put up the Super Mushshak for static as well as aerial display in last year’s Dubai Air Show, where certain nations expressed interest in the aircraft.
 
Pakistan is also aggressively marketing its indigenously built state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, which Nigeria is also reportedly interested in buying.  In July this year, NAF Chief of Staff Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar said the force would acquire three JF-17s from Pakistan.
 
If the deal is confirmed, Nigeria would be the first country to acquire the state-of-the-art fighter from Pakistan. However, there is no official confirmation if Pakistan is indeed supplying the JF-17 jets to Nigeria.
 
Last year, Pakistan managed to secure its first ever export order for its JF-17 fighter jets at the International Paris Air Show.
 
Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2016.
 

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Islamabad wins deal to sell 8 Super Mushshaks to Doha
 
By News Desk / APP Published: October 23, 2016
 
ISLAMABAD / DOHA: Pakistan on Saturday struck a deal with Qatar for the supply of eight Super Mushshak aircraft as President Mamnoon arrived in the Gulf country for a four-day official visit.
 
Qatar to buy Super Mushshak
 
The deal came a day after Pakistan signed a contract with Nigeria for the supply of 10 of the in-demand primary trainer aircraft. Turkey also recently signed a deal to purchase as many as 100 of the indigenously built planes from Pakistan.
 
An official statement described the contracts as a “clear manifestation of Pakistan’s presence in the export-oriented international aviation industry, pursuant to Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman’s vision.” It said the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) is “continuing its efforts to approach more countries to export Mushshak aircraft in order to help generate foreign exchange for the country.” The air forces of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Oman and South Africa already operate the Super Mushshak to train their pilots.
 
Vast exposure for JF-17 in Morocco air show
 
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon arrived in Qatar on Saturday, kicking off a four-day trip to hold talks with the Gulf country’s leadership and further strengthen bilateral relations between Islamabad and Doha in various fields.
 
The president, who is visiting Doha at the invitation of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, was warmly received at the Hamad International Airport by the country’s Minister of Transport and Communication Jassim Saif Ahmed al Sulaiti.
 
Ambassador of Pakistan in Qatar Shehzad Ahmad and senior officials of the embassy were also present. Clad in traditional dresses, two children presented a bouquet to President Mamnoon, who was accompanied by First Lady Begum Mehmooda Mamnoon Hussain.
 
During the visit, the president will hold bilateral meetings with the emir of Qatar and other dignitaries. The two sides will review important aspects of bilateral relations. Regional issues and international developments will also be discussed.
 
Pakistan and Qatar enjoy excellent bilateral relations in all fields. The two countries share identical views on regional and global issues and also closely cooperate and support each other at the international fora like the UN and the OIC.
 
People-to-people contacts have remained an important feature of bilateral relations between the two countries. Qatar hosts more than 125,000 Pakistanis, who have been contributing towards the development and prosperity of the two countries.
 
Pakistan-built Super Mushshak gets attraction in African aerospace, defence exhibition
 
The high level exchanges between the two countries, which started with the visit of the emir of Qatar to Pakistan in March 2015 and a return visit by PM Nawaz to Qatar in February 2016, are a testimony of growing relations between the two brotherly countries.
 
According to Pakistani officials, the main focus of the president’s official talks and interaction with the Qatari leadership will be on further enhancement of bilateral relations in various fields, including energy cooperation, trade investment, defence and increase in employment opportunities for Pakistani workforce in Qatar. The visit will help further consolidate the already existing brotherly relations, the officials added.
 
Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2016.
 

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Nigeria to Buy 10 Super Mushshak AirCraft To Enhance NAF Air Dominance
October 22, 2016A+A-EMAILPRINT
 
 
According to IANS Pakistan, Nigeria’s government has completed the agreement to buy 10 Super Mushshak aircraft from Pakistan to boost its air power for the Nigerian Air Force. Based on the 2016 Nigerian defence budget, the NAF plans to order up to 20 JF-17s from PAC at a cost of $25 million(N8 Billion today’s naira), while the cost of the 10 Super Mushshak basic trainers was estimated at $10.2 million(N3.2 Billion today’s naira).
 
Nigerian Air Vice Marshal Iya Ahmed Abdullahi and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Chairman Air Marshal Arshad Malik signed the contract in this regard in Nigerian capital Abuja yesterday, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) statement said.
 
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The contract also includes operational training and technical support and assistance to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
 
“This contract would not only open new avenues for export of aviation equipment to foreign countries but also help in generating revenue for the country,” a PAF statement said.
 
“The deal further strengthens Pakistan Aeronautical Complex’s (PAC) status as a world-class aviation industry producing the supersonic JF-17 Thunder and Super Mushshak trainer aircraft,” it added.
 
The Super Mushshak, which is based off a Swedish design but built under license in Pakistan, is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and South Africa.
 
Super Mushshak is an advanced variant of the Mushshak basic trainer, which was also produced by PAC.
 
The Super Mushshak is fitted with an American 260 hp engine, cockpit air conditioning, electrical instruments, and electric/manual elevator and rudder trim, the aircraft has been developed to meet FAR part 23 certification in normal, utility and aerobatics categories. It has a spacious side-by-side cockpit allowing good contact between the pilot and the co-pilot/observer or between the student and the instructor. The Super Mushshak meets the requirements of a modern primary training syllabus and is an ideal basic trainer for basic flight training and instrument flying.
 
Mushshak Specification(SOURCE: WIKIMEDIA)
Mushshak Specification(SOURCE: WIKIMEDIA)
 
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said in June 2016 it planned to acquire 10 Super Mushshak light basic trainer jets from Pakistan to boost training at the force’s main flight training school in the northern city of Kaduna.
 
Speaking at a graduation ceremony of pilots at the 301 Flight Training School in Kaduna, NAF Chief of Staff Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar said the aircraft would be supplied shortly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).
 
Abubakar said the sale agreement included the deployment of Pakistani pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians to train in the operation and maintenance of the aircraft. Further, he said the NAF had just completed an airport expansion to accommodate the new aircraft.
 
The defence chief added that the NAF garrison in Kaduna will, before the end of this year, take delivery of three Pakistani-made JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft and Russian-made Mil Mi-35 helicopters to boost ongoing counterinsurgency operations against remnants of Boko Haram in the northeast.
 
“The induction of the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft will boost our capabilities by training our pilots in the full spectrum of military flight training,” Abubakar said. In addition to the 10 new pilots who graduated locally, the NAF has sent 10 pilots for specialised combat training in the United Kingdom while another 10 are being trained in South Africa, reports from Defensenews.com confirmed.
 
Eight more fighter aircraft and helicopter pilots are undergoing training at the International Aviation College in the city of Ilorin, Abubakar said. The NAF has embarked on a costly force modernization program, with many deals for the supply of new aircraft and aerial defence weapons under current negotiation.
 
According to NAF director of public relations and information, Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, the country is also negotiating with the US for the acquisition of up to 20 Brazilian-made secondhand A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to replace the ageing fleet of Alpha jets, which form the vanguard of the airborne counterinsurgency units.
 
“The US will soon authorise the sale of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, which would be used to replace the nation’s ailing and ageing Alpha jets. There are strong indications that the US government may give that nod much sooner than expected,” Famuyiwa stated.
 
RELATED: Nigeria, Russia Sign Mi-35 Terminator Helicopters Supply
 
In June 2016, Nigeria unveiled a King Air 350i aircraft, which has been fitted with a new sensor turret to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The aircraft, which now features an electro-optical/infrared sensor ball turret fitted under the fuselage, will be deployed in support of the counterinsurgency campaign in the northeast.
 
Since the beginning of June, Nigeria has received aviation assets that include one secondhand Alpha jet from the US as well as three H135 (formally known as EC135) and three AS365 Dauphin helicopters from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for deployment on internal security missions.
 
With the latest inventory of air assets, Nigeria Air Force dominance in Africa is no longer contestable.
 
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Pakistan Ordnance Factories posts four-fold increase in exports

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

21 October 2016

Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) has recorded a four-fold increase in exports over the past two fiscal years, according to a government statement.

Citing POF chairman Lt Gen Omar Mehmood Hayat, the 19 October statement said the company had expanded international sales from USD22 million in 2013-2014 to USD93.7 million in 2015-2016. Based in Rawalpindi, the POF specialises in the production of firearms, rockets and ammunition.

In the statement, Hayat - a serving general in the Pakistan Army - also said the POF had received funds worth around PKR25 billion (USD239 million) from the Pakistan government. He added that this investment has been used to "meet the demands of the armed forces" and to replace the POF's "obsolete machinery".

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Nigeria turns to Pakistan, Russia for arms
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ABUJA - The Nigerian government has responded to the arms embargo imposed by the US turning to countries in the Eastern and Southern hemisphere, including Pakistan, Russia and Brazil, to acquire arms and military arsenal for the counter-terrorism operations in the North-Eastern part of the country. 
 
 According to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who spoke in Abuja, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been given approval to acquire and induct at least 10 attack aircraft into its arsenal. Speaking at the NAF’s operations seminar tagged: “Developing respective Air Power Responses to National Security Challenges in Nigeria,” Abubakar gave the breakdown of the expected aircraft to include three JF-17 Thunder from Pakistan,  four Mi-35m attack helicopters from Russia and three Super Tucano from Brazil. In addition, he said, another 10 Super Mushack primary trainer from Pakistan would also be inducted into the NAF service.
 
Abubakar said that the US arms embargo would not stop the countries, Nigeria intends to buy the military hardware from, especially Brazil from selling the A-29 Super Tucano fighter aircraft to it like America did with Israel in 2014.
 
He said that despite the arms embargo, the US had in recent times shown willingness to assist in the country’s counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts in the North-East. “All I can tell you is that the US is supporting in the North-East, they are helping us with a lot of intelligence, so I don’t see any reason why we should have difficulties,” he insisted. Against this backdrop, Abubakar said that the NAF had in response to its expanded role in the ongoing war against terror, trained over 700 personnel comprising of 40 pilots outside and 27 pilots within the country.
 

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KARACHI: Local auto vendors are willing to start development of parts for tanks and aircraft manufacturing.

Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) Chairman Mashood Ali Khan in a recent meeting with senior officials of Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) informed them that many of their member companies are matured to work for the aerospace sector and expected to play their role in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance.

PAAPAM members also met Chairman Pakistan Aerospace Complex Air Marshal Arshad Malik at an event held to commemorate the launch of Pakistan Aerospace Council (pac) as a platform for networking between Pakistani high-tech sector and its clients in Pakistan as well as the global market place.

Mr Malik gave an overview of the excellent order book and work load of PAC Kamra and its ability to localiSe aircraft assemblies required in military and trainer planes produced at Kamra.

He said Kamra valued specialist companies from the automotive sector who could take a step further into aerospace component manufacturing.

Imtiaz Rastgar, member PAC board, stressed on the need for cluster formation in the aerospace and high-tech sector and how this could lead to meeting local needs while the global market offers immense possibilities for similar parts.

He said there are over 2,000 aeronautics, defence and space related companies in Europe, employing 750,000 people with turnover of 190 billion euros. These companies import large quantities of parts and Pakistani high-tech sector companies mentored through the CBI Export Coaching Programme are already making respectable exports to Europe.

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KARACHI: Local auto vendors are willing to start development of parts for tanks and aircraft manufacturing.

Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) Chairman Mashood Ali Khan in a recent meeting with senior officials of Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) informed them that many of their member companies are matured to work for the aerospace sector and expected to play their role in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance.

PAAPAM members also met Chairman Pakistan Aerospace Complex Air Marshal Arshad Malik at an event held to commemorate the launch of Pakistan Aerospace Council (pac) as a platform for networking between Pakistani high-tech sector and its clients in Pakistan as well as the global market place.

Mr Malik gave an overview of the excellent order book and work load of PAC Kamra and its ability to localiSe aircraft assemblies required in military and trainer planes produced at Kamra.

He said Kamra valued specialist companies from the automotive sector who could take a step further into aerospace component manufacturing.

Imtiaz Rastgar, member PAC board, stressed on the need for cluster formation in the aerospace and high-tech sector and how this could lead to meeting local needs while the global market offers immense possibilities for similar parts.

He said there are over 2,000 aeronautics, defence and space related companies in Europe, employing 750,000 people with turnover of 190 billion euros. These companies import large quantities of parts and Pakistani high-tech sector companies mentored through the CBI Export Coaching Programme are already making respectable exports to Europe.

 

Considering the type & quality of parts they supply in the local market & to the auto vendors at prices comparable to those abroad for higher quality stuff, I'd say a big No Thank You! 

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Can defence manufacturing turn into an export industry for Pakistan?
 
By Naveed AhmadPublished: November 30, 2016
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Turkey has formally conveyed to Pakistan its decision to buy 52 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft while Azerbaijan may also buy a couple of dozen JF-17 Thunder fighter jets. A Swedish basic aircraft, Mushshak has been produced under license at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra for decades now, with many countries in Africa and the Middle East acquiring the Pakistani version.
 
Likely to be unveiled in early 2017, the JF-17 Thunder’s Block-III will come with a twin-seat trainer version along with advanced Active Electronically-Scanned Array radar and mid-air refuelling tube. Speculations are that the aircraft uses greater amount of composite materials to increase its performance, besides addition of other updates in cockpit and weapons’ pods. There are no confirmations about such upgrades, however, Pakistan Air Force has not only been working to upgrade the jet for its own needs but also to make it more attractive for exports to friendly countries with limited budget or lack of access to western technology. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been following the development and evolution of JF-17 Thunder with enormous interest.
 
Turkey opts to buy 52 Super Mushshak aircraft from Pakistan
 
What does it all mean? Has Pakistan’s defence industry come of age for sustained exports? Well, the answer is both yes and no. For a country which inherited zero military factories in 1947, ability to export planes seems like a real feat.
 
Over the years
 
First prime minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan laid the foundation of Pakistan’s defence industry by notifying Pakistan Ordinance Factories (PoC) in Wah Cantt in 1951. At the time, manufacturing rifles and ammunition at home was greatly needed given tensions with India in the disputed state of Jammu & Kashmir. The decade of 1960s was by far the best for Pakistan-US relations and involved smooth flow of Washington’s advanced military hardware into Pakistan.
 
In 1972, the Defence Production Division under the Ministry of Defence worked hard to survive in the climate of western sanctions and weak economic indicators while the 80s again slowed down indigenous arms development initiative except the advances made in development of nuclear deterrence in Kahuta and other allied facilities.
 
Pakistan Navy considering buying warships from China, Turkey
 
The 1990s were beset with political infighting, financial handicap and US sanctions; it was the era when Pakistan first considered developing its very own fight jet, then named Super 7, with China. But owing to financial limitations and air superiority over India, the plan was shelved. The post-9/11 developments were catalytic for Pakistan to vigorously pursue path to self-reliance, particularly in the realm of air force.
 
‘Weapons for peace’
 
Last week, the ninth edition of International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) brought home the same urge for self-reliance, hard work and innovation with a bigger promise. Impressively, the number of Pakistani companies excelling in defence equipment or its line industries has been on the rise since the biennial event kicked off in 2000. Delegations and companies of 40 countries participated in the event at a time when India’s far rightwing government pledged to isolate Pakistan.
 
Through IDEAS, Pakistan’s defence exports have grown slowly but steadily; however, the potential remains far from realized due to a multitude of factors. Most important of these factors is lack of focus on modern science and development of high-technology factories in the private sector which has augmented militaries worldwide.
 
Pakistan’s reliance on assembling imported parts and reverse engineering has slowly come to define national arms production. It is true that no country can single-handedly master state-of-the-art technologies; after the WWII, Soviet Union learnt considerably from the western industry – less through reverse engineering but more via espionage.  China also has long relied on Russia for cutting edge technology too. So, the way forward for Pakistan is also to collaborate with other friendly nations such as China, Turkey and Ukraine. Countries such as Belarus, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia and Argentina can also be mutually engaged for sharing know-how based on respective nation’s field of expertise.
 
What future holds?
 
The JF-17’s Block III is expected to open new avenues for Pakistani defence exports. The recent agreement with a Ukrainian company for upgrading Pakistan’s Al-Khalid tanks is a welcome step in the right direction. Additionally, Pakistan must consider teaming up with Turkey regarding production of gunship helicopters as Ankara reaches out to Islamabad for its indigenous fifth generation fighter jet.
 
Pakistan’s ordinance factories are set to see a major overhaul as the country’s military decides which rifle will replace G-3 and Chinese-built version of the AK-47, Type-56. Whatever utility rifle is chosen, it will be built in Wah Cantt under licence for domestic use and likely export.
 
Doha expresses interest in buying Mushshak, JF-17 Thunder aircraft from Pakistan
 
The country’s defence production for local use has reached $1.5 billion per annum, according to a report published in the journal Jane’s Defence Weekly, which quoted an unnamed Pakistani official as saying: “We have substituted imported defence equipment worth $1.5bn, which for us is a huge bonus”. This year, the sum has been slightly lower, resting at $1.14 billion owing to evolving need for more modern equipment. The figure, however, is set to be significantly higher over the next few years due to export of JF-17 and Super Mushshak besides others.
 
With the extension of Pakistan’s maritime borders last year, equalling roughly to the landmass of Balochistan province, modernisation of the country’s neglected naval force has become a top priority. Turkey and China have both come forward to enhance its operational and production facility. Dockyards are going to see hectic activity in the future and Pakistan needs to offer more incentive for the private sector to chip in to accelerate development in the realm of military hardware.
 
Naveed Ahmad is a Pakistani investigative journalist and academic with extensive reporting experience in the Middle East and North Africa. He is based in Doha and Istanbul. He tweets @naveed360
 

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Pakistan's HIT and Ukrspetsexport sign USD600 million deal

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 November 2016

Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine's state-owned military trading company, has signed an agreement with Pakistan enterprise Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) to collaborate on Pakistan military armour programmes.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement on 23 November that the memorandum of co-operation (MOC), which was signed at the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in Karachi, is valued at USD600 million.

The MoD said, "The agreement is related to tanks, technical service, and maintenance and modernisation. Ukrainian defence industry companies will receive USD600 million."

The MoD added that Pakistan and Ukrainian defence officials also discussed industrial co-operation with focus on the "joint production of tanks and anti-tank missile systems".

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Ukraine to provide engines for Pakistan's improved Al Khalid MBT

Farhan Bokhari, Karachi and Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

24 November 2016

The Pakistani government has signed an agreement with Ukraine for the supply of 200 engines to equip the country's highly anticipated next-generation main battle tank (MBT), which is commonly referred to as the Al Khalid-Improved (I) MBT, according to Pakistani defence officials.

The deal was signed on 23 November during the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), which is held every two years in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

While the exact type of engine was not revealed, a senior official of Pakistan's Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's that it will be larger than the Ukrainian 6TD-2 engine generating a maximum 1,200 bhp that powers the 420 Al Khalid MBTs operated by the Pakistan Army's Armoured Corps.

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Pakistan to get four MI-35 copters from Russia

 

ISLAMABAD:- Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain on Monday said that Pakistan would get four advanced MI-35 helicopters from Russia in 2017. Talking to a private TV channel, the minister said that Pakistan has paid $153 million for the purchase of helicopters. He also said the government is also in contact with other countries for the export of 100 Super Mushshak trainer aircrafts. Maldives and Azerbaijan are ready to buy Super Mushak trainer aircrafts, he added.–NNI

 

Rana Tanveer said that important developments are expected regarding sale of JF-17 thunder jets in 2017. He disclosed that the production capacity of Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) has escalated to $100 million from $25 million whereas rapid growth has also been witnessed in Karachi Shipyard.

http://nation.com.pk/national/20-Dec-2016/pakistan-to-get-four-mi-35-copters-from-russia

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$153M?  WTH!  They paid $38M per Mi-35?  I am sure that includes weapons as well but even then its very expensive.  Something seems amiss here.

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US approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan

 

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defence has awarded a $284.6 million contract to Lockheed Martin to produce infrared target sight systems for the US Navy and Pakistan, the Pentagon announced on Friday.

 

The system will be used for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters, which have proved very effective in combats against militants, particularly in difficult terrains. In the US, the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter is used by US Marine Corps expeditionary forces. ..............

 

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Get Ready, America : Russia's Lethal su-35 fighter is now part of China's Air Force

 

http://nationalinterest.org/print/blog/the-buzz/get-ready-america-russias-lethal-su-35-fighter-now-part-18881

 

 
 

Russia has apparently delivered an initial batch of four advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E jet fighters to China.

 

The aircraft appropriately arrived at the People's Liberation Army Air Force training center in Cangzhou, in China’s Hebei province, on Christmas day from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) plant in Russia according to the BMPB blog [3]—which is produced by Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow.

 

According to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur city government, the first four Chinese Su-35s were officially handed over to Beijing on Dec. 20, but flew out on Dec. 25. The Russians were originally expected to deliver the Su-35s in early 2017, but the Russians agreed to accelerate deliveries in time for Christmas. The Komsomolsk-on-Amur government site notes [4]: “The fighters successfully flew to the destination.”

 

Moscow’s deal with the Chinese— which was signed in November 2015—stipulates that Russia will deliver 24 Su-35 for roughly $2 billion. Initially, the Russians wanted a considerably larger order, but had to acquiesce to Beijing’s terms. The Russians fear that the Chinese will try to harvest the Su-35 for its advanced technologies as they have done with previous weapons sales. “Russia and China have signed an agreement, which regulates the protection of intellectual property,” Komsomolsk-on-Amur government statement insists. “The fighter will be protected from unlicensed copying.”

 

But Russia is well aware that an agreement with China to protect its intellectual property might well be meaningless.

 

Speaking at a lunch event at the Center for the National Interest [5] on November 15, retired Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky (Ret.), chairman of the executive board of Russia’s PIR Center, said that Russia is not about to hand over the crown jewels of its technology to China without taking precautions. The Chinese version of the Su-35 will not be the same as the one used by the Russian Air Force. “We have export version and a version for our own use,” Buzhinsky said. “The Chinese are very good at copying all kinds of stuff.”

 

Nonetheless, Russia is confident that its technology will be safe in Chinese hands—particularly the all-important Saturn AL-41F1S engine. “They cannot produce engines,” Buzhinsky said. “We agreed to supply engines for the Su-35, but fortunately—my technical colleagues told me—that it is practically impossible to copy that engine because it is practically impossible just to reach the heart of the engine without breaking it completely.”

 

Nonetheless, Beijing’s likely motive for the Su-35 purchase is to harvest those aircraft for their technology. While Beijing is working on developing advanced stealth fighter aircraft such as the J-20 and J-31, the Chinese have proven to be woefully behind in developing jet propulsion technology. Indeed, the J-20 is known to use Russian Salut AL-31FN engines—which were originally designed to power variants of the Russian Su-27 Flanker.

 

While Moscow is confident that China will not be able to pick the Su-35 and S-400 clean of their advanced technology, Beijing has proven to be remarkably adept at technology theft. It remains to be seen if the Kremlin’s safeguards will be effective in preventing the Chinese from reverse engineering the Su-35 and its engines. Only time will tell.

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