AUG 30, 2018: Russia will supply a civilian radar station to Pakistan to protect facilities of the nuclear power plant in Karachi, report TASS News Agency quoting the press office of RTI hi-tech company on Thursday.
“A memorandum of cooperation in the field of organizing the delivery of the civilian radar Surok was signed at the Army-2018 international military and technical forum between RTI Group and the Pakistani company TechWin Enterprise. The radar is set to control and protect the Karachi NPP’s facilities, and also some other installations of Pakistan’s critically important infrastructure,” the press office said.
Both sides also agreed on exploring the possibilities of implementing joint projects in radio location and information systems in the interest of various ministries and departments of Pakistan.
The Karachi Nuclear Power Complex or KNPC is located in Paradise Point on the Arabian Sea coastline. It consists of the 137MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission’s Control & Instrumentation Analysis Laboratory.
Pakistan has also signed a rare military training cooperation pact with its cold war adversary Russia with both seeking to work together for counter-terrorism and peace in the region.
Islamabad wrapped up the groundbreaking contract with Russia earlier this month, that would, for the first time, open doors for Russian military training of Pakistani army officers.
The rare deal comes amid deteriorating relations between Islamabad and the United States, which has resulted in the halt of all military exchange programs with Pakistan and left a void that Moscow has stepped in to fill.
“Training at Russian military institutes would bring about a major shift in the world view of top [Pakistan] military officers,” noted Baqir Sajjad, an Islamabad-based journalist and defense analyst. “Until now, the brightest officers poised for leadership positions were trained in U.S.”
The Islamabad-Moscow security partnership has strengthened and expanded since late 2014, when the two former rivals signed their defense cooperation agreement.
Russia sold four Mi-35M combat helicopters to Pakistan under the deal, and both countries have since held two rounds of counterterrorism military drills on each other’s soil.
Navies of the two countries also recently participated in joint antidrug exercises in the Arabian Sea. The latest naval collaboration took place last week in St. Petersburg, where a Pakistani warship participated in the major Russian Navy Day parade.
Also earlier this month, Russian envoy Alexey Dedov called on then prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence and said Moscow stands by Islamabad in the fight against terrorism and its efforts to maintain peace in Afghanistan.