IDEF 2017 Special Coverage Chapter 1 – Turkey and Pakistan’s Agenda: The Super Mushshak and MİLGEM
News and assesments on IDEF 2017 was published in the 40th, 41st and 42nd issues of MSI TDR as an article series. “Turkey and Pakistan’s Agenda: The Super Mushshak and MİLGEM” titled news coverage from the Signing Ceremonies part of that article series is here:
On May 10, a number of agreements were signed between Turkey and Pakistan. One of these was the contract for the Primary Trainer Aircraft (BEU) Project, signed between the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries and PAC Kamra. Turkey had previously selected PAC Kamra’s Super Mushshak aircraft to meet its needs for a primary trainer aircraft. According to the contract signed by Rana Tanveer Hussain, Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production; Prof.Dr. İsmail Demir, the Undersecretary for Defence Industries, and Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman of PAC Kamra, 52 aircraft will be procured and delivered to the Turkish Air Force Command’s inventory.
The second contract was the letter of intent (LOI) signed by Prof.Dr.Demir and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Syed Muhammad Owais, Pakistan’s Secretary of Defence Production. In the event thatPakistan opts for the MİLGEM to meet its needs for warships, four ships will be built using the capabilities of Karachi Shipyard.
Finally, there was a memorandum of understanding for further cooperation signed between TAI and PAC Kamra.
Giving a brief speech after the signing of these documents, Minister Hussain said: “These signatures will enhance our cooperation. We will take this even further. Both countries possess capabilities from which they can mutually benefit.” FikriIşık, the Minister of National Defence, noted that the MİLGEM would further strengthen the Pakistan Navy, adding that: “For us, Pakistan is not just some other country, or merely a friendly nation for us. For us, Pakistan is a brotherly nation, a friend and a strategic partner.”
Numerous high-ranking officials, including FikriIşık, Minister of National Defence, and Rana Tanveer Hussain, Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production, attended the signing ceremonies
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