As expected, the information circulated about Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey possibly forming a joint political complex in the field of defence has caused a bout of discontent and fear.
By Akpar Hasanov
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif spoke of the importance of this decision at a joint press conference with his colleagues from Azerbaijan and Turkey, Elmar Mammadyarov and Mevlut Cavusoglu. This in term was followed by an instruction from the “bigwigs” in Armenia to comment.
Consequently, 1in.am published an article, titled “Pakistan wants to be a brother to Armenia: new challenge or chance?” One can shape an opinion about the quality of the article from the very first sentences. As the author started his report with the following claim: ‘One can feel the recent activity in Baku diplomacy regarding the Nagorny Karabakh conflict and security of Armenia.’
A very well-known fact can serve as a proof that this production is nothing more than absurdity, as Pakistan does not recognize the independence of Armenia. Saudi Arabia demonstrates a similar position, but we will be speaking of Pakistan. The position of official Islamabad towards Yerevan is quite obvious. Pakistan does not recognize Armenia for being an aggressor and an invader state and supports Azerbaijan in the Nagorny Karabakh problem. Pakistan has maintained this position for over a quarter of a century. So all the talks about anything happening “recently” is simply lies and fables.
A little note especially for Armenian writers – Baku and Islamabad have established military cooperation for a long time. However, the visit of the President of Pakistan to Baku in March 2015 and the Prime Minister in October 2016 have served as an additional push for military cooperation. Those were the meetings with the parties negotiated on the purchase of up to 500 km range ballistic missile systems by Azerbaijan Defence Ministry from Pakistan. After the meetings Commander of the Azerbaijani missile troops and artillery, Major General Zahid Huseynov gave a statement to the journalists: ‘Azerbaijan must have 200, 300 and 500-km range ballistic missile systems to secure itself.’ At the same time the major general noted: ‘As for the termination of any hostile objects, our current armaments allow us to strike all the military objects in the lands occupied by Armenians. We can even hit Yerevan if the Supreme Commander orders so.’
At the same time, early this Azerbaijani mass media circulated the news about the Pakistani company GIDS (Global Industrial and Defence Solutions) being interested in cooperating with Azerbaijan and providing weapons for ground troops, naval forces and internal troops. Shortly speaking, the military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan does not only date back but also boasts great prospects.
60 different companies stand in the foundation of the defence industry in Pakistan. Numerous factories and 18 main companies are specialized in manufacturing military tech components. There are repair yards for aviation, armoured equipment and shipbuilding. Large manufacture organizations carry out the repairs for projectiles and artillery, firearms, ammunition and radio-electronic intelligence systems. Naturally, the establishment of an Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Turkey joint military structure cannot bout trouble Armenia.
As Armenia is perfectly aware that Turkey is secondary to the United States only among NATO member states for the power of their Armed Forces.
It suffices to remind that the GDP of this country is 1,508 billion USD and 22.4 billion USD is allocated for military expenses. In recent years Turkey has been allocation 2-2.3% of its GDP to its army. However, foreign experts state that Turkey reveals only a certain part of its military expenses to the public.
In the recent years, the policy of the Turkish government is maximally focused on supporting the national defence industry. Their priority is producing local prototypes or manufacturing foreign tech based on a license. Turkey strives to develop tanks, armoured transportation means, combat aircrafts, military electronics and missile systems.
At the moment Turkish aviation industry is capable of servicing, repairing and advancing any given type of aircrafts. The American F-16 aircrafts are successfully produced and modernized in Turkey. Several Turkish companies are specialized in producing aircrafts of various modifications. The Turkish aviation industry develops in the directions of attracting foreign technologies (mainly of NATO member states) and building joint projects with them.
The armoured tank industry of Turkey is mainly developing at the expense of foreign investments. The country is working on creating half- and fully-tracked armoured vehicles and Altay tanks to cover the needs of the army. Moreover, the Turkish defence industry is successfully mastering missile technologies.
All of these facts prove that the establishment of a joint Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Turkey military industrial complex will only have positive effects on battle readiness and procurement of our army. Other than that, we should not forget the Azerbaijan-Israel ties that provide our country with new weapon samples. Russia will also not refuse the sales of its best armament examples to Azerbaijan. All of these cannot but bother official Yerevan that still tries to keep its cool in this game. Armenia understands that they do not have the real possibilities of withstanding against Azerbaijan. And the absurdities circulated in the Yerevan mass media simply demonstrate the obvious fears of Armenia.