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With China as its mentor, Pakistan triples arms exports - Reach $1Billion annually!

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  1. ASKardar

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    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan, known as a major importer of weapons from China and the United States, is poised to significantly expand its arms exports, with an eventual goal of selling $1 billion worth of defense equipment every year.

    A senior Pakistani government official told the Nikkei Asian Review that arms exports exceeded $210 million in the fiscal year through June. The total represents a significant increase from the approximately $100 million in arms sales two years earlier.

    Five years earlier, another official noted, Pakistan's defense exports came to approximately $60 million.

    The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the uptrend is reflective of Pakistan's drive for greater weapons self-sufficiency. They declined to provide further details of what is driving the increase.

    Pakistan officials in general do not share figures related to national defense or associated matters like types of weapons and export destinations.

    China has been playing a big role in Pakistani arms production. Together, China and Pakistan have manufactured JF-17 "Thunder" fighter jets.

    "The JF-17 has helped Pakistan lay the groundwork for self-sufficiency," said retired Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, a former Pakistan military commander and defense analyst. According to Masood, China has also helped Pakistan produce tanks. In addition, China has supported Pakistan's air force through the JF-17 project and its navy with assistance in building warships and submarines. "Now," Masood said, "Pakistan is seeking to tap export markets."

    There is no specific arms export target for the coming years, but eventually Islamabad would like to reach that $1 billion threshold.

    In 2016, Pakistan signed a deal with Myanmar for the sale of 16 JF-17 fighters. The dollar value of the contract has not been publicly revealed, but officials privately have said it was for approximately $400 million, including spare parts.

    Pakistan has also sold three JF-17s to Nigeria.

    There have been other defense deals: In 2017, Turkey contracted to buy 52 Super Mushshak training aircraft. A year later, Ankara agreed to buy 1,000 PK-83 general purpose bombs.

    Analysts say collaboration with China has helped Pakistan improve its ability to produce advanced weapons. "Pakistan has graduated well beyond just a manufacturer of small weapons," a senior foreign ministry official said. "We are now looking at big-ticket items."

    Nazir Hussain, a professor of international relations at Islamabad's Quaid-i-Azam University, said Pakistan now has strong potential to significantly raise its defense exports despite a global market that is dominated by the U.S. and other Western countries.

    "Ultimately, Pakistan's access to some of these markets will be limited," Hussain said, adding that Islamabad will have to rely on countries with budget constraints, such as in Africa.

    Pakistan this summer signed a new loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund that limits the country's military spending. Hussain said this kind of budgetary pressure will limit Pakistan's ability to provide loans that could help its trade partners pay for weapons over time.

    Other sources with weapons-making experience say Pakistan can build a customer base by staying the course.

    "When we ordered eight Chinese submarines, it was mainly because the quality of Chinese submarines had improved over time and the price was almost half that of European submarines," said a former Pakistan Navy admiral who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Buyers take time to accept that there are new and more affordable weapons systems on offer from new manufacturers like Pakistan.

    "Ultimately, [buyers] will come around to looking at our products."

    SOURCE: https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/With-China-as-its-mentor-Pakistan-triples-arms-exports
     
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  2. Chakar The Great

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    Excellent news.
     
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    No doubt. China is an excellent mentor. We as Pakistanis are indebted to China.
     
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    Many countries develop in a short time but, China always impressed me with their endurance persistence and development of the whole country, not just in a few areas and all that did within few years with hostility coming from all direction. No doubt, China should be the role model for every developing country.
     
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    China:smitten::pakistan::china:
     
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    1 billion exports or 212 million exports ?

    Mind you it is in the 1st quarter figures .
    It might touch near a billion of we continue with this trend .
     
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    We have a lot more potential , we just need to build advance industry to create small and larger arms and ammunition's , hopefully we will be able to sell more JF , AK1/2 , and even VIPER in future .
     
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    Yeah, and cooperate with nations like Turkey, KSA, and Egypt.
     
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    What?
     
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    We can get aloooott from china, they are willing to help us. But we as usual are lazy.
     
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    How exactly they want to help us, asides the usual stuff that is going on? & how exactly are we being lazy?
     
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    If our drone industry has anything to say about it, they'd tell you China is an aggressive competitor and will never let Pakistani goods outshine its own.

    To up our exports, we need modern products, and the most feasible way to develop those is to partner with countries with whom we either have synergies, who need development funding, or need economies of scale. In other words, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa, Brazil, Czech Republic, etc.
     
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    China is highly competitive globally, we don't target any specific countries.
     
  14. Bilal Khan (Quwa)

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    That as it may, it doesn't change the reality that Chinese goods will compete with Pakistani ones in most areas. And in the places where both sides tried linking industries, such as the JF-17, the PLA didn't want proceed with it (e.g., when the PLAAF decided not to buy 250 FC-1s, which could have seen PAC manufacture parts for those planes).

    In the near-term, the way forward for Pakistan is to try and enter the supply chains of Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, Turkish Aerospace, etc. Even low-value parts manufacturing work for all of these companies, while modest, can add up. Once in, you can then push forward for better work (and use prospective Army/Air Force/Navy procurement as leverage, like India does).

    Otherwise, learn a little marketing. UAE's Edge Group is right now a lot of talk, and it's fancy talk, but it's getting traction based on just that. It's baffling how we didn't construct a decent narrative around POF and HIT and how they supplied the Army for COIN/CT at the best cost possible. It's a good story, one that can earn a listen from not just developing states, but a few developed ones too.
     
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    If you don't like competition you can shut all foreign competitor out of your country like China did 40 years ago, even you kick China out, you might have to compete with other foreign manufacturers, unless you kick them all out. as your claim that PLAAF refuses to buy FC-1s because some of the parts could be made in Pakistan, it's a baseless speculation at best, PLAAF develops very very fast, it has it's own agenda.
     
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