MAMOSA Report — Turkey and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding on a mutual arms deal: Turkey will buy 52 Pakistani training planes, while Pakistan will buy four Turkish corvette warships, reported Sputnik.
The agreement was announced by Turkey’s defense industry undersecretariat.
The Turkish defense undersecretariat said the final deal was expected to be signed on June 30, reported Reuters.
Under the agreement, Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) will buy four Turkish corvettes made under Ankara’s MILGEM warship program, the purpose of which is to build a modern littoral combat warship with indigenous anti-submarine warfare and high-seas patrol capabilities.
The MİLGEM project is Turkey’s national warship program with the aim to design and build locally hi-tech stealth multipurpose corvettes and frigates
Pakistan has undertaken full review of its maritime security and naval capabilities as it hosts the gigantic $62bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with Gwadar port on the Arabian sea as its gateway.
The corridor will provide entry and exit to China’s shipping and trade activities with the Middle East and Africa linking its western province of Xinjiang bordering northern region of Pakistan.
Turkey, meanwhile, is set to buy 52 Super Mushshak training propeller planes, made by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, to replace the Cessna T-41 and SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 planes currently in use. It will mark the first time a NATO country will use a Pakistani-built training plane, Daily Sabah reported.
The agreement comes in light of Turkey’s longstanding support of Pakistan.
Earlier in May, ahead of his visit to New Delhi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for “multilateral dialogue” on the issue of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territories, a cause of much tension between India and Pakistan. Bringing international attention to the issue is something Pakistan has wanted for some time, according to the Fair Observer.
Erdogan urged Pakistan and India to “keep dialogue channels open and engage different stakeholders.”