The Pakistani media recently quoted the country’s chief of staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, as saying that Russia has signed with Pakistan a new contract to supply anti-tank weapons, air defense systems, and large other small weapons.
Reportedly, Mr. Qamar Javed Bajwa gave this information on the sidelines of the international naval exercise AMAN-2021 in Pakistan, which ended on February 16. The Chief of Staff reiterated that in recent years Pakistan has bought and used Mi-35 combat helicopters from Russia.
“We have an agreement, the contract has been signed, and negotiating to buy some other weapons. We are in the process of buying from Russia some anti-tank weapons, air defense systems, and some other small weapons – Mr. Bajwa answers a question about the prospects of Pakistan-Russia military-technical cooperation.
Currently, the general noted, Moscow is “a good friend of Pakistan”, but Islamabad – partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) with which Russia is the core – is looking to develop relations not only in the field. military, but also other fields.
In October 2019, the procurement agency of the Pakistan Defense Ministry announced that it had successfully completed a $ 62.46 million deal to bring back 52 launchers and hundreds of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). 9M133 Kornet of Russia.
The above number of ATGMs, along with the Mi-35 attack helicopter with very strong anti-tank capability, were immediately deployed by the Pakistan Army to the border areas that are disputed with India to disable the Indian army armored force.