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‘Brotherly’ Pakistan-Turkey ties include UAV procurement

26th January 2022 - 16:30 GMT | by Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo

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Pakistan is expected to unveil a number of Bayraktar TB2 UAVs in March 2022. (Photo: Baykar Defence)

The Pakistan Air Force is expected to unveil Bayraktar TB2 UAVs in March 2022, as it seeks to gain an advantage over Indian air defences.

In its first-ever National Security Policy, unveiled on 14 January, the Pakistani government emphasised ‘brotherly ties’ with Turkey and committed itself to strengthening economic and defence cooperation with Ankara.

The close Pakistan-Turkey military relationship is exemplified by cooperation on UAVs as part of a modernisation programme for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), with industry insiders telling Shephard that an unspecified number of Bayraktar TB2 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) aircraft are ready to enter service.

An initial batch of TB2s is said to have been delivered in mid-2021 under a broader deal that includes joint production of Anka-S MALE UAVs and future

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