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Pakistan wants to create a self-reliant, self-sustained defense industry

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  1. incognito1000

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    Can anyone with experience comment?

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    Pakistan wants to create a self-reliant, self-sustained defense industry

    By: Usman Ansari

    ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani government is promoting aims to increase public-private cooperation and develop a self-reliant, self-sustained defense industry. But the private sector is skeptical.

    The aims were outlined by Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, in a government-hosted seminar earlier this month, which included public and private sector representatives.

    The seminar recommended establishment of a task force to develop a roadmap for aiding indigenous defense production, establishing a raw material industry in conjunction with the private sector, utilizing surplus production capacity for export, and establishing ‘digital parks’ to exploit software industry potential and promote university level research and development.

    However, Shehzad Ahmed Mir, managing director of Bow Systems Ltd, a private sector defense contracting company, says bureaucratic resistance needs to be overcome.

    “Army chiefs come and go, only policies stay. So far there is no government policy to support such repetitive statements made by many an armed forces chief,” he said.

    Mir blames Pakistan’s civilian bureaucracy for resisting change.

    “The problem lies in the acceptance of the bare fact that private industry can do the job far better, and at much lower cost than these bureaucrats. Unless the defense ministry in Pakistan seriously invites the private industry to sit across the table, go through a lengthy and complex process of negotiations to formulate a standard policy for such matters, such statements are worthless in the business world.”

    Exports are a key aspect of the drive, but the problems Mir highlights have already taken their toll. For example, one of Pakistan’s main defense equipment exporters is state-owned Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), but its main focus is meeting domestic military requirements. Only when these are fulfilled is any spare production capacity given over for commercial orders, which private defense contractors and even POF officials highlight as restricting export potential.

    Also noteworthy, Pakistan may already have killed off a golden egg laying goose.

    The head of UAV firm Integrated Dynamics (ID), Raja S Khan, says the once thriving private UAV industry essentially collapsed when state bodies took their projects in house.

    ID has had notable export success, including with U.S. Border Patrol. It is most renowned though for developing the Shahpar UAV, later developed into the Burraq armed drone. China weaponized the drone, further developing and successfully exporting it as the CH-3/5 series, for which Pakistan appears to receive nothing.

    Khan believes the “major element” required to revive the industry and make it an export competitor is a UAV regulatory policy to “allow private sector entities to develop and test their designs.”

    India has recently introduced its UAV regulatory policy and is far more proactive in allowing its private sector a foothold in the global UAV industry by freely allowing test zones, development and access to regulatory permissions for registered users," he noted. “Nothing of the sort exists in Pakistan and even a company with the track record of ID is at a loss to test new developments in the absence of regulatory permissions and no accessible or designated flight test zones.”

    He is not optimistic for the future.

    “The future of development and our export potential looks bleak unless these issues are addressed with policies formulated with UAV professionals on board.”

    Mir agrees.

    “Pakistan has the defense production equation all wrong and for the wrong reasons," he said. "Unless that changes for the better and the private sector is not only asked to take the lead, but also the defense setups invest in conceptual programs, our defense needs will remain slave to the ‘no cost no obligation basis’ mantra of the military as a user.”
     
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    The problem I see is stagnant leadership at the top of these industries who has no incentive to innovate or drive new thoughts - put wrong people at top/middle leadership - this will continue.
     
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    Easy solution.
    Open up the market, ease of doing business and let there be competition.

    Let's see how long these "industrialist" last when they actually have to compete
     
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    Excellent decision.
     
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    I think first we start joint venture with other rich nations like gcc,china,turkey and Malyshia .After this we should allow private businesses once our industry is matured and demand of our defense equipment is increased. I think army may develop such companies under fauji group which is already existing and will make it more diverse group of industries
     
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    The story of Pakistan as a whole for the past 50 years.

    The issue is the bureaucratic red tape that slows everything down and in alot of cases, makes the investors to look elsewhere.
     
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    100%

    I have said this a million times.
    Cut bureaucracy by 80%.
    force these people to get job in the free market, no more free lunches.

    IK has a soft heart and does not want people to loose their jobs so I think he wants to take a different approach.
    I respect that, just hope that he can get these people in line so that the market can be free and fair for everyone.
     
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    Pakistan wants to create a self-reliant, self-sustained defense industry

    .. you mean you want to copy the Iranians
     
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    First of all Iran doesn't have a self reliant or self-sustained defence industry. However Americans, Russians, French, German & Chinese do.
     
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    Good Article
     
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    Pakistan army need to coordinate all this activity and all funds should be allocated by them. Pakistan armed forces defense joint command need to be the central hub through which all strategies and direction need to set and spearheaded.
     
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    What? I want to know your train of thought. Walk me through this process please and why Iran specifically.
     
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    What I find troubling in this article is that someone is saying that the military essentially nationalized one of their UAV projects and this has led to the ruin of the UAV industry. I have been hearing of Pakistan working on UAVs for over a decade now, I still don't see much progress.
     
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    WRONG!. You are putting the same morons who dont know what innovation means. They could not get past G3 rifle until now - that says it all.
     
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    G3 replacement has nothing to do with innovation but budget constraints . replacing the primary weapon for an army of 625,000 Active soldiers is not a piece of cake for a Country like Pakistan who's economy is in shambles .