Pakistan outlines industry gains despite economic constraints

22 September 2019

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) has pointed to some of the gains its national defence industry has achieved despite continuing economic constraints. The MoDP’s recently published 2017–18 yearbook shows advancements in major programmes and how local enterprises are positioning for future expansion.

The book also provides insight into some of Pakistan’s major military programmes across air, land, and sea domains. These include the upgrades for armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and main battle tanks (MBTs), the development of the Al‐Khalid II MBTs, the production of JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft, and the development of Pakistan’s proposed next-generation fighter aircraft.

Indicating some of the pressure that local industry has been under in recent years, the report said the Pakistan Ordnance Factories Board (POF), one of the country’s largest defence enterprises, has had government subsidies reduced while production targets have increased.

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