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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Russian ammo takes Chinese road to Pakistan

ZDK-03 Karakoram EagleRussia may have vowed not to sell its arms to Pakistan, but India’s arch rival is getting some key Russian/Soviet military equipment anyway, surreptitiously through China, thereby jeopardising New Delhi’s defence confidentiality.

One example of such Chinese arms sales, though they do not sell full equipment of Russian origin, is the aeroengines for Pakistan’s JF-17 combat aircraft for which Russia too has given its consent, much to India’s chagrin.

China is jointly developing the JF-17 lightweight combat planes with Pakistan and has provided the Russian-origin RD-93 aeroengines, an upgrade of the MiG-29 combat plane’s RD-33 aeroengines, to Islamabad for the purpose. The Klimov RD-93 is a turbojet engine and Pakistan intends to get around 150 of these engines for the JF-17s.

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