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ITALY APPROVED $762 M IN ARMS SALES TO PAKISTAN IN 2018

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    In its “Report on the Authorized Transactions Carried for Export, Import and Transit Control of Armament Materials,” the Italian government revealed that it approved €682.91 million (or $762 million US) in arms exports to Pakistan.

    Pakistan was Italy’s second largest buyer, following Qatar (which received approvals worth €1.92 billion).

    The sales for Pakistan in 2018 were roughly four times larger than those booked in 2017, which stood at €174.1 million (or $194.15 million US).

    The official report did not disclose exactly what Italy approved for sale to Pakistan, but it does state that the systems in question include the following:

    • 7 mm caliber (plus lower and higher caliber) weapons and automatic weapons;
    • Ammunition;
    • Bombs, torpedoes, rockets, missiles, and accessories;
    • Equipment for the direction of shooting
    • Land vehicles
    • Aircraft
    • Electronic devices
    • Protective and construction equipment
    • Specialized equipment for military training or for the simulation of military scenarios
    • Devices for the vision of images
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    Since 2016, Pakistan’s main defence purchases from Italy comprised of the Leonardo AW139 search-and-rescue (SAR) and utility helicopter, surplus M109L tracked 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPH), and a range of other surplus armoured vehicles.

    However, Italian arms sales to Pakistan in 2016 and 2017 were priced at €97.2 million and €174.1 million, respectively. While Leonardo did announce another AW139 sale to Pakistan in April 2018 (with deliveries slated for early 2019), it would have to be a significantly larger order to justify such a jump in sale figures.

    Moreover, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has replaced its Alouette IIIs in the SAR role with the AW139, so a follow-up order may have come from another service branch (e.g., the Army, Navy or Government).

    Interestingly, the near-4X growth in sales could also indicate new defence programs. So, for example, the PAF officially stated that it requires a new lead-in-fighter-trainer (LIFT). The Leonardo M-346 was among the top options (alongside the Chinese L-15 and South Korean T-50).

    Moreover, the PAF’s current Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Mujahid Anwar Khan stated that the LIFT must “have an air interdiction radar and a datalink training system.” [1]

    Interestingly, in July 2019, Leonardo announced that it sold six M-346FAs to an undisclosed “major international customer.” The M-346FA happens to meet the PAF’s two main requirements (i.e., a radar and data-link system). A small batch order of M-346FA could fit in the sales figures announced for 2018.

    Alternatively, the most recent Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) report stated that the Directorate General of Defence Purchase (DGDP) ordered 10 “low-level radars” for $130 m. This could be a gap-filler radar meant for supplementing – and eventually replacing — the PAF’s Siemens Mobile Pulse Doppler Radars (MPDR). A Leonardo KRONOS LAND purchase could be a possibility.

    [1] Alan Warnes. Interview with Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan. Jane’s defence Weekly. 22 May 2019.
    https://quwa.org/2019/10/21/italy-approved-762-m-in-arms-sales-to-pakistan-in-2018/
     
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    @PAR 5 @Rafi have we bought rifles from Italy as well?
     
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    Seems like material for LOC.
     
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    hope decrease in imports not hurt such import of weapons
     
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    Did paf selected Italian aesa ??
     
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    Nope!
     
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    Unlikely.

    I believe material for all three armed services of Pakistan.
     
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    Probably more choppers, maybe even AW139s for Navy as we will need a European helicopter to go with the MILGEM Frigates.
     
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    I thought some. Second hand eurofighters
     
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    @Bilal Khan (Quwa) What are the chances of Eurofighters from Italy? (IFF PAF is interested)
     
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    No chance. Paf don't have any plan like that
     
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    Not nearly as big to recognized as the C-130 (Hercules), but the C-27J Spartan could be a good replacement down the road.

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    By the way, those figures in 2018 are staggering to say the least. Its no wonder Leonardo decided to open up a Regional Office in Islamabad.
     
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    Four guns for Millgem, ACs = AW139 and not the EFT that we can only wish & dream of.
     
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    Italian retiring these helicopter.
    The selection of the Boeing-Leonardo MH-139 ends a years-long quest to replace the 1970s-era UH-1Ns.

    Almost two decades after the U.S. Air Force started trying to replace the Vietnam-era helicopters that patrol missile fields and stand by to evacuate senior officials, the service announced Monday that it has placed an initial order of MH-139 helicopters with the team of Boeing and Italian defense firm Leonardo.

    Today’s contract awards $375 million for the first four MH-139s, the first batch of what is slated to be a $2.38 billion, 84-aircraft program. The deal is structured as a firm fixed-price contract, meaning that the company, not the government, would be on the hook for cost overruns.

    Air Force officials said the program was initially estimated to cost $4.1 billion. “Strong competition drove down costs for the program, resulting in $1.7 billion in savings to the taxpayer,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a statement.

    https://business/2018/09/huey-helicopter/151513/
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    Recently, Italy receive the batch of F35b . Initial batch will be 30. Also Italy planning to retire F16A and B series with NATO standards.
     
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    Any confirmation of Leonardo M-346 ? or ur comments ?

    Any confirmation or ur comments about M-346 ?

    Any comments about M-346 ? thanks .

    ur comments about M-346 ? thanks .