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Pakistani Arms Industry, the Ministry of Defence Production, was created in September 1991 to promote and coordinate the patchwork of military production facilities that have developed since independence. The ministry also includes seven other specialized organizations devoted to research and development, production, and administration.[1] [2] The navy is supported mainly by a facility at the Karachi Shipyard, which has limited production capacity. In 1987 development of a submarine repair and rebuild facility at Port Qasim was begun. By early 2000, in a joint project with China led to the development of the JF-17 Thunder fighter and the Al-Khalid Tank. Pakistan also has taken major steps to becoming self sufficient in aircraft overhaul, modernization and tank and helicopter sales and a transfer of technology with France led to the construction of the Agosta B-90 Submarine in the late 1990s and early 2000s and is currently actively participating in many joint production projects such as Al Khalid 2, advance trainer aircraft, combat aircraft, navy ships and submarines.

After the success of its major developments in the defence industry the Defence Export Promotion Organisation (D.E.P.O.) was created to promote Pakistani defence equipment to the world by inviting major and small players to the I.D.E.A.S. Exhibition, which is held annually at the Karachi expo center. In recent reports, the defence exports were worth over $500 million USD in 2006 and growing annually.



Weapons and Equipment


Small Arms

Main Battle Tanks (MBT)

Armored Personnel Carriers (APC)

  • Al-Talha - Five roadwheel armored personnel carrier.
  • Al-Hadeed - Armored Repair and Recovery version of Al-Talha.
  • Al-Hamza - Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle version of Al-Talha.
  • Maaz - Variant fitted with the Baktar Shikan anti-tank missile.
  • Al-Qaswa - Armored Logistics Vehicle version of Al-Talha.
  • Saad - Armored six roadwheel personnel carrier version of Al-Talha.
  • Sakb - Armored logistics support and command post carrier version of Al-Talha.[3]

Multiple Rocket Launcher System

  • T-83 Azar (122 mm)
  • KRL MBRL (122mm)

Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM)

Army Air Defence




Patrol Craft

  • Jalalat II class Missile Boat
  • Larkana class Large Patrol Craft



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