Pak-Turk joint defence production

ANKARA: Pakistani Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, who is leading a defence delegation to Turkey, visited Turkish defence organizations including Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and ASELSAN in Ankara. Possibilities of local production, co-production, and transfer of technology for defence related products according to needs of the two countries were discussed during the visit.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of TAI, Lt. Gen (Retd) M. Yalchinkaya briefed the visiting delegation about the main areas of activities of the organization. Progress on existing defence related projects between Turkey and Pakistan was reviewed. The delegation also visited the facilities of aircraft manufacturing, overhauling, and were shown unmanned aerial (UAV) vehicle indigenously developed by TAI.

The delegation also visited ASELSAN, another defence production company, working under public private partnership. They were particularly briefed about the academic-industry linkage arrangement that is giving a big boost to R&D for the Turk defence production sector.

Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar also desired for a strong academia-industry linkage. He said innovation and best research is possible when industry is linked with the academic institutions.

Abdullah Gul for joint defence production projects between Pak- Turkey

ANKARA, July 14: Turkish President H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gul has stressed upon the need of initiating joint defence production projects between Pakistan and Turkey. He expressed these views in a meeting with a Pakistani defence delegation led by Pakistan’s Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar who called on him on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Gul said the existing strategic partnership between Pakistan and Turkey provides an opportunity for joint ventures among the defence production organs of the defence forces of Pakistan and Turkey. He showed keen interest in Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft, which he was told is a multi-role combat aircraft equipped with state of the art modern technology and is manufactured according to present day defence requirements.

Referring to the unprecedented economic growth that Turkey has been achieving over the last couple of years, Turkish President said “we want the same type of economic development in Pakistan also and are prepared to help our brotherly country in every possible manner.” “I am personally motivating Turkish investors to invest in Pakistan’s energy sector,” said Mr. Gul. Pakistan’s coal reserves are third largest in the world and production of electricity from coal would be a viable project for overseas investors, he maintained. The President also desired to expedite work on the US$20 billion railway project that will connect Pakistan with European market through Istanbul.

Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar thanked the Turkish President for personally monitoring Turkish investors’ projects in Pakistan. He appreciated the level of hospitality extended to his delegation and hoped that the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey shall be further enhanced in every field.

Turkish Minister for National Defence Mr. Vecdi Gonul and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Mr. Tariq Azizuddin were also present in the meeting.

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2 Responses to Pak-Turk joint defence production

  1. thank you for the blog, it helps to understand the culture of the Pakistani people.

  2. frat says:

    Thankx Man (:

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