A report published by Nikki Asian Review stated that Pakistan has tripled its arms exports within a duration of two years. The report further added that the country is poised to meet its target of $1 billion in the upcoming years.
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. 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. China has been playing a big role in Pakistani arms production. Together, China and Pakistan have manufactured JF-17 “Thunder” fighter jets.
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.
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