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Al Khalid MBT Wins its first Export Order !!

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  1. Tailchopper

    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Enhanced Sri Lanka-Pakistan defence cooperation likely
    Talks during Zardari’s Colombo visit this month
    November 19, 2010, 9:46 pm


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    by Zacki Jabbar

    Enhanced defence cooperation between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is likely to be finalised during Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s three-day official visit to Sri Lanka, later this month.

    Diplomatic and government sources said that there was a wide scope for enhanced military ties between the two nations and it would be explored during talks between Zardari and his Sri Lankan counterpart, President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    "With the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the nature as well as scope of defence cooperation is bound to change somewhat, but in a broader sense it would include military training, intelligence sharing, arms supplies, etc. Pakistan has already proposed a futuristic defence cooperation agreement. As one of the largest suppliers of high-tech military equipment, Pakistan played an important role in assisting Sri Lanka defeat the LTTE," source said.

    Pakistan is said to have the largest conventional arms and ordnance facility, which provides several varieties of armaments for export. These include infantry weapons, anti-aircraft and artillery ammunition, tank and aircraft ammunition, rockets and aerial bombs.

    Sources said that in May 2008,the then Army Commander Lt. Gen Fonseka had visited Pakistan to finalise the purchase of high tech arms for the Sri Lankan armed forces, which were embroiled in an intense battle with the LTTE.

    "The shopping list included 22 Al-Khalid tanks worth US$ 100 million and weaponry totalling about US$ 65 million. The inventory for the army was worth US$ 25 million and US$ 40 million for the Air Force. 250,000 rounds of mortar ammunition costing US$ 25 million and 150,000 hand grenades were also purchased on an urgent delivery basis. One ship load was sent to Sri Lanka every 12 days to bolster the assault on the LTTE’s headquarters in Killinochchi," he said.

    Talks between Zadari and Rajapaksa, would also cover trade, investment, economic cooperation, tourism, culture and media, the sources said.


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  2. Dilemma

    Dilemma Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Congrats.
    But why only 22 tanks?
     
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    BlueOval Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The shopping list being mentioned here is from 2008 .....has this order been placed?
     
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    BlueOval Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I found something that says otherwise:

    Sri Lanka cancelled weapon purchases after the war Wed, Jul 15, 2009,

    July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka cancelled plans to purchase weapons and ammunition worth $ 200 million from China and Pakistan after the war against the LTTE ended, the newly appointed Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) said.

    Addressing the media after assuming duties as the new CDS, former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who was seen the architect of the military success against the rebels, said the government cancelled the orders for weapons since the LTTE is completely defeated and its leader was dead.

    "We stopped the orders of 200 million dollar worth of ammunition from China and Pakistan as the war ended," he said.

    Meanwhile the new Army Commander, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said his top priority for the military is to support the reconstruction effort in the northern region.

    Sri Lanka military defeated the terrorist outfit LTTE in May and declared victory taking control of the entire Northern region. The displaced civilians in the region who were once held as human shields by the LTTE are presently in welfare camps run by the government.

    The Sri Lankan government has focused on a massive reconstruction effort to resettle the displaced civilians within six months.

    Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka cancelled weapon purchases after the war



    So there was a shopping list in 2008.....but it got cancelled in 2009..........
     
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    Dilemma Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    ^ Good find.
     
  6. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    I appreciate your concern Blackblood but the title and news are contradicting each other.(Though its not the original title of the news)

    Let me explain how

    The news is very clear. Sri-Lanka wanted to buy those weapons and that list included 22 MBTs but they never bought it as their war with LTTE ended.

    Moreover original title talks about defence cooperation and not about MBTs :lol:
     
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    I dont think there is enough evidence whether the deal went through.
     
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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Post 4. Deal was cancelled as their war ended.
     
  9. Dilemma

    Dilemma Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Tanks are only effective when used in large numbers. Their effectiveness in COIN operations depends upon the terrain and enemy's firepower.

    I still don't get how they were going to use tanks effectively against the LTTE as they took cover in dense forests and wooded areas.
     
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    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The date of the article is November 19, 2010, 9:46 pm
     
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    Tailchopper Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Maybe just an initial order , not sure though !

    BTW this tank is going to be the AK-1 not the old Al Khalid (MBT-2000)-- it would be great for SL to buy a Simulator too as it will cut their training costs.
     
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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Is it that hard to understand:confused:

    The article talks about defence corporation between Sri-Lanka and Pakistan and then highlights that in 2008 an order worth $200mn was placed. Please note that it talks about an order of 2008 which was cancelled. Here the emphasis is on the word "INCLUDED". If it were to be a present order than it must have used "INCLUDES"

    The article is talking about defence corporation and it that context it highlights past defence engagements between these countries.



    My English is not that bad :azn: :azn:
     
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