Pakistan, Türkiye, Saudi Arabia meet to Deepen Defence Cooperation

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Pakistan, Türkiye, Saudi Arabia meet to Deepen Defence Cooperation
Senior military officials from the three nations meet in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to reaffirm their shared goal of self-sufficiency in defence.

Pakistan military's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), stated that the meeting provided an opportunity to discuss prospective collaboration in defence equipment technologies, including research and development. The three sides reaffirmed the importance of combining the three friendly nations' intellectual, technical, financial, and human resources to achieve shared objectives and attain self-sufficiency in the defence domain. 

All three countries have plans for fighter aircraft. Turkiye builds its own fighter aircraft KAAN. Pakistan is interested in Chinese J-31 but might show interest in KAAN in future. Saudi Arabia wants to join the U.K. led sixth gen aircraft project but it has to overcome Japanese objection.

According to ISPR, three sides agreed to convene the next Trilateral Defence Industrial Collaboration meeting during the World Defence Show in Riyadh, KSA, in February 2024. According to the photos, President of Defence Industry Agency Professor Haluk Görgün and Deputy Defence Minister Celal Sami Tüfekçi attended the meeting.

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