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Defence Cooperation, Sales & Production: Jan - June 2009

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Pakistan to help Tajikistan with defence training

Thursday, 24 Dec, 2009

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army would help Tajikistan in building its defence institutions including training to its armed forces personnel, according to a report on Thursday.

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in his meeting with visiting Tajik Defence Minister Colonel-General Sherali Khairulloyev, at GHQ expressed satisfaction over signing of the defence pact between the two countries.

Colonel General Khayrulloev Sherali informed Kayani about his meetings and visit to the defence institutions including POF, Wah and Kamra.

He said Tajikistan would like to send the trainees to these institutions and will consider procurement of defence equipment from them in the future.

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Army to seek 20 SuperCobra helicopters from US

By Amin Ahmed

Thursday, 31 Dec, 2009

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army is likely to seek US Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to acquire 20 SuperCobra helicopters to reinforce its fleet of ageing Cobra attack helicopters, which are being extensively used in operations against terrorists in tribal regions.

According to the Pakistan Assistance Strategy Report published by the US State Department, the army envisions acquiring the SuperCobra helicopters. The helicopters alone, it said, would cost at least $500 million and the total acquisition would cost up to $1 billion.

The report says that SuperCobra attack helicopters will not be available for foreign customers till 2015. Equipping the army with such helicopters earlier than 2015 will require either increased production or their diversion from the US Marine Corps.

The report says that Pakistan is likely to maintain its current force of Cobra helicopters, supplemented by armed Bell 412 aircraft. Pakistan currently has 32 Cobra attack helicopters. The sustainability of the current fleet of the helicopters is difficult but possible through commercial channels.

However, the US government is currently spending $75 million from the Pakistan Counter-insurgency Funds to update a portion of the existing Cobra fleet.

Pakistan army has received two squadrons of Cobras since 1983, later upgraded with the ‘C-NITE thermal imaging’ package.

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According to this news, Pakistan has ordered 8 F-22P with a follow up for bigger frigates , submarines and new missiles.

Citing Indian purchases, China justifies arms sales to Pakistan


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Beijing, Dec 23 (IANS) A senior defence official here has justified China’s sale of warships and submarines to Pakistan on the ground that India was buying similar systems from Russia and the US.

He indicated that China was conscious India might be worried about the sales.

‘The initiative may invite concerns from its neighbouring countries. But the doubts are unnecessary,’ Online news agency Wednesday quoted Zhai Dequan, deputy director of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, as saying in the official media.

The statement came in the midst of efforts by Admiral Noman Bashir, Pakistan’s navy chief, to persuade Beijing to sell higher capacity ships as compared to the F22P frigates that China begun delivering last June.

Zhai said the demand was normal for a nation seeking to bolster its security adding India has also entered into large deals for military hardware from the US and Russia.

‘India’s aircraft carrier has already cost it billions of US dollars,’ Zhai said in a reference to the Admiral Gorshkov that India has purchased from Russia.

Bashir, who met Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie on Friday, said Pakistan was keen on buying bigger ships and more JF-17 fighter planes from China, apart from submarines. Pakistan will buy more weapons including missiles from China in future, he said.

‘The F22P frigate is of about 3,000 tonnes and now we are talking about 4,000 tonne ships. These are very big projects and we think the cooperation is important for both countries, especially Pakistan,’ Bashir maintained.

Pakistan booked four F22P frigates from China in 2005 and the first one began sea trials last year. Islamabad followed it up with another order of four more ships of same kind in 2007, the Chinese media said.

Bashir showered fulsome praise on Chinese warships saying they use the latest technology and have all-round capability to target surface ships, aircraft and submarines.

‘The F22P frigate can be deployed to perform multiple tasks. The ship is balanced for offence and defence and can be used in both peace and wartime,’ he said.

This is Bashir’s third visit to China this year.

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