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Pakistan could export tactical munitions


Rana Tanveer Hussian, Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production, told Pakistani media outlets (in Urdu) that the country’s defence industry is in the process of exporting missiles with ranges of under 300km.

Although Pakistan is not a signatory of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), it is looking to keep its exportable goods within the MTCR’s bounds. The MTCR requires missile vendors to limit the range of missiles capable of carrying a 500kg payload to 300km.

No specifics were given as to what Pakistan would or could export. One might speculate that some of Pakistan’s ballistic missile designs could be on the cards. But this is pure speculation, and it is our view that this course would be very unlikely and incredibly unwise.

It is in Pakistan’s best interests to draw attention away from its strategic programs, even ones that may fall within the conventional umbrella (such as a short-range ballistic missile equipped with a high-explosive warhead). Exporting such goods will draw unnecessary flak, especially in light of the pressure the U.S. is trying to induce upon Pakistan to curb its tactical nuclear weapons program.

Rather, Pakistan will likely look to produce exportable tactical solutions, such as anti-ship missiles (AShM) and stand-off range glide bombs. Pakistan already produces a number of stand-off range solutions, most notably the H-2 and H-4 glide-bombs (license-built Denel Dynamics Raptor-I and Raptor-II); it is possible that the portfolio may be expanded to include other types of munitions.

If one were looking at purely the idea of exporting MTCR-compliant munitions, then there is little reason or even room for Pakistan to enter the market. There is nothing Pakistan could offer (even to the best of its abilities) that the U.S., Europe, Russia, China and a few other vendors could not.

It is likely Pakistan’s angle is not to become a munitions exporter for the sake of the munitions alone, but to perhaps build-up the attractiveness of its other products, such as the JF-17. If one carefully reviews a product line-up involving the JF-17 at a major air show, they will notice that the munitions are marketed by the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC). Whether it be the air-to-air missiles, the precision-guided air-to-ground munitions, or AShM, these goods are solely from CATIC.

In many cases, the prospective customer should not have a problem acquiring export clearances for CATIC goods from China. But one could make the argument that the JF-17 would be a much smoother sell if PAC could guarantee the supply of some munitions, at least many would deem ‘essential’, without hesitation. This is where domestically producing and exporting munitions would make a lot of sense. PAC could simply offer complete packages with the JF-17 Thunder, thus offering end-to-end solutions to customers with the least amount of regulatory friction as possible.


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  • by jigsaww
    Posted April 29, 2016 4:43 am 0Likes

    The market is pretty satiated already but Pakistan can expect new orders from Saudia and Egypt at least in wake of changing events there. Cost will be the factor for these countries, now slated to fight COIN ops for years and this may provide just the opening to Pakistani suppliers to provide articles at less than half the price of western suppliers. Quite possible the reference itself was to that.

  • by MT
    Posted April 29, 2016 6:16 am 0Likes

    * Pakistan will sell old 70 era missiles procured from china in early 90’s such as Ghaznavi, M9, M11 et al.

  • by Smoking a Tejas
    Posted April 29, 2016 6:48 am 0Likes

    Not to mention the supply and availability of said from these countries. Even the US has been running low on PGMs in the short term.

  • by Blue Marlin
    Posted April 29, 2016 6:53 am 0Likes

    missiles under 300km most likely they will export sow’s

  • by MT
    Posted April 29, 2016 7:24 am 0Likes

    OO yeah-Import the raptor kits from Denel & export them.

  • by Blue Marlin
    Posted April 29, 2016 7:31 am 0Likes

    clearly you dont know much about pakistans weapons on offer. what does india have to offer

  • by MT
    Posted April 29, 2016 7:36 am 0Likes

    Pak doesnt have any indigenous SAM, Ashm,Glide bombs, cruise missiles.

    All it does it license production of cheeni & denel systems!

    Atleast, I dont hiddbehind another GHOST country nationality but sound like 100% Pakistani!

  • by Blue Marlin
    Posted April 29, 2016 7:58 am 0Likes

    sam’s: no but manpads are technically sam but i shall ignore that.
    asms: no but they modded c602 which is good enough. but not for export
    glide bombs: yes look at the header pic
    cruise missiles yes the raad and babur.
    who said anything about me being a ghost. you sound like a 100% twat who lives with his mum in the basement.
    if you want to start a troll war just ask. i will beat you like 1962

  • by MT
    Posted April 29, 2016 11:40 am 0Likes

    india have atleast some home made stuffs while pak can’t dream to make sam in next 40yrs

  • by Baber Ali
    Posted April 30, 2016 12:19 am 0Likes

    Where is my name in that article 🙂 who shared the news 🙂

  • by Mustafa O
    Posted April 30, 2016 9:26 am 0Likes

    For f.. k.. g indians even 40s tech weapons are worth it.

  • by Mustafa O
    Posted April 30, 2016 9:27 am 0Likes

    Leave this modi toady. He is paid to write shit on this site. Just read and pray for his saneness

  • by Mustafa O
    Posted April 30, 2016 9:28 am 0Likes

    Home made?

  • by Mustafa O
    Posted April 30, 2016 9:28 am 0Likes

    Yup , probably got this info from a janitor

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