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Turkey widens war technology hunt by tapping Pakistan's China ties

A deal would get Nato-member Turkey closer to some of China's military technology

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Turkey | Pakistan  | China

Selcan Hacaoglu | Bloomberg 

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The countries already have some cooperation in the defense industry, including co-producing warships Turkey has sold Pakistan.

is pushing to co-manufacture warplanes and missiles with Pakistan, a hookup that could also give it access to prized war technology from

Turkish defence and government officials have held periodic talks with Pakistani counterparts — the last high-level discussion was in January —about developing and manufacturing military hardware with Pakistan, according to people from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations. The people didn’t say when they’ll meet again or how close they are to an agreement.

A deal would get Nato-member closer to some of China’s military technology. builds its JF-17 fighter jets with and is said to have adapted Chinese designs for its Shaheen ballistic missile.

sees nuclear power as a strategic ally and potential partner in building its Siper long-range missile-defense project and TF-X fighter jet, the people familiar said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss strategic goals. The people didn’t say whether the talks have gotten to the point of seeking Beijing’s consent to share Chinese defense technology.

Asked about restrictions imposed on weapons exports, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the Chinese government “has always adopted a prudent and responsible attitude in the export of military products and strictly implements China’s military export management laws and regulations as well as its duties.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed “very serious potential” for collaboration with on defense projects, and top defense officials have met in recent months. Pakistani Defense Secretary Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain met with top Turkish officials including Defense Minister Hulusi Akar in December, and discussed defense industry cooperation, the people familiar said. Akar has also met with Pakistan’s defense minister, military chief and air force chief, and accompanied Erdogan on a visit to Pakistan over the past year.

The countries already have some cooperation in the defense industry, including co-producing warships Turkey has sold Pakistan.

Turkish adoption of Chinese military technology could cause new frictions with the US, which would be loath to see Ankara move further away from the Western military alliance. Washington is already sanctioning Turkey for buying a missile-defense system from Russia, and has suspended Turkish companies from participating in the development of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 stealth fighter jet.

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First Published: Thu, March 04 2021. 02:20 IST
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