Pakistan buys 5 of the most potent military weapons from China

Here are the complete details and the list of the purchased weapons.

The relationship between Pakistan and the United States has soured in the past two decades because they disagree on policies between Afghanistan and China. Therefore, Pakistan’s armed forces have turned to Chinese suppliers for equipment.

According to reports, in recent years, Pakistan has made major purchases of top-of-the-line Chinese export equipment. This buying and selling has strengthened China’s ties with Pakistan further.

Here are some of the most potent weapons China has sold or licensed to Pakistan:

1. Nuclear Weapons Program

Description: The acquisition of nuclear weapons in the 1990s is considered one of the most significant failings of the nuclear nonproliferation regime. However, it is said that China provided significant assistance to the Pakistani nuclear weapons program.

Details: China has allegedly provided Pakistan with missile components, warhead designs, and even highly enriched uranium.

Usage: Pakistan acts as an effective foil against growing Indian regional ambitions with the Nuclear Weapons Program. However, nuclear assistance is the most deadly example of Chinese/Pakistani defense cooperation.

2. JF-17 Fighter

Description: The JF-17 fighter is the new premier multirole fighter of the Pakistan Air Force, supplanting the position previously held by American F-16Cs.

Details: It features integration with a wide variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, including active radar air-to-air missiles and air-launched cruise missiles. The JF-17 is a “budget” aircraft that brings a lot of modern capability and modern ergonomics for its cost.

Usage: It would probably lose a dogfight to Indian Su-30MKIs due to low thrust-to-weight ratio and turn rate. However, in the beyond visual range arena, the JF-17 could be a formidable opponent, especially given that the Indian aircraft are said to have issues locking on at range with their first-generation R-77 missiles.

3. A-100 Multiple Rocket Launcher

Description: Multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) are some of the deadliest artillery systems on the battlefield. Combat experience in the Donbas has proven that MRLs can wipe out entire units if they remain static and unprepared. China sold the first units to Pakistan in 2008, following which Pakistan has been building facilities to produce rockets for the system indigenously. Long-range MRLs are fielded by both India and Pakistan, with Indians fielding the Soviet/Russian BM-30 Smerch MRL.

Details: The A-100 is one of the latest MRL systems, reaching an operational capability of around 2,000.

Usage: Rocket artillery could incur massive casualties in rear areas in the opening stages of a conventional conflict. Both MRL systems are considered to be critical parts of conventional deterrence strategies for India and Pakistan.

4. VT-1A

Description: The VT-1A, alternatively known as the Al-Khalid or MBT-2000, is one of the more capable tanks in the region. It was designed as a joint project between Pakistan and China, and the design turned out to be a practically clean slate.

Details: The production tank has thermal gunner’s sights, a panoramic commander’s sight, and a 125mm gun. However, Pakistan is considering acquiring the VT-4, China’s further development of the VT-1A design.

Usage: While not up to the standards of modern Russian or Western tanks, the VT-1A is more than capable of combating the T-72Ms that form the bulk of the Indian tank forces.

5. HQ-16

Description: While the Pakistani military has long relied on the Pakistan Air Force for air defense, the Pakistan Army has acquired the Chinese HQ-16 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM). Pakistan is also negotiating to buy the more extended ranged Chinese HQ-9 system, a Chinese analog to the Russian S-300 long-range SAM.

Details: A deep modernization of the Russian Buk SAM, the HQ-16 utilizes vertical launch and containerized missiles to enhance reaction times. HQ-16 batteries are also highly mobile, allowing them to avoid artillery and SEAD/DEAD attacks.

Usage: The Pakistan Army has acquired the Chinese HQ-16 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) to defend its formations on the ground.

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  • What a garbage piece of write up. Did Pak bought item pom from china? lol This lady should be sent back to school. hiring newbies.

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