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Türkiye has an Opportunity to Establish JVs in Pakistan and Make Use of the Low-Cost Labor Available in Pakistan

Türkiye enjoys deep-rooted brotherly and strategic relations with Pakistan. Since its independence, Pakistan has been enjoying very friendly and warm bilateral relations with Türkiye in all fields especially defense. Military cooperation between these two brotherly countries, which started soon after Pakistan’s independence, has been flourishing ever since, resulting in closer cooperation and understanding between the Armed Forces of the two countries.

Date: Issue 127 - December 2023 Update: April 21, 2024

Political and military leadership on both sides is focusing on boosting defense cooperation between Türkiye and Pakistan to have more indigenous products and to reduce the reliance on foreign sources. In this context, considering Pakistan as an important marketplace for its indigenous, NATO standard high-tech defense and aerospace products Türkiye has also fostered a strong partnership with Pakistan in the defense and aerospace sector during last two decade. In recent years, the Pakistani-Turkish defense industrial relationship has continued to deepen, with more bilateral projects undertaken, especially after TUSAŞ successfully upgraded Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s 41 F-16C/D Block 15 fighters under a US$75 Million contract from Pakistan MoD, during October 2009 – September 2014 under the Peace Drive II Program and official induction of the HAVELSAN design and built Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range (EWT&TR/EHTES), which was established under a US$20+ Million turn-key contract, into the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in January 2011.   

Türkiye-Pakistan Defense Deals