Pakistan interested in Turkish Altay MBT?

ALTAY MTR Prototype in action 2The Diplomat is reporting that Pakistan may be interested in purchasing the new Turkish Altay MBT.  The article notes that the head of Turkey’s defense procurement agency, the Under-secretariat for Defense Industries, Ismail Demir announced earlier this month during a testimony in parliament that Pakistan’s military is interested in procuring the Altay.  Demir is quoted as saying “Including Pakistan and the Gulf countries, we can say that countries that we have good relations with are showing a large interest in the tank. Representatives of some countries are being invited to the ongoing firing tests.”  The article notes that Pakistan has not officially expressed interest in the procurement of the Altay, although in January 2015, representatives of Pakistan’s defense industry said that they are considering procuring the Altay’s third generation thermal imagining sight for the Al-Khalid MBT, jointly developed by Pakistan and China.

Serbia sells 282 T-55 tanks to Pakistan?

T-55H_Partner_2007An article on In News is reporting that Serbia has reportedly agreed to modernize and sell 282 obsolete T-55 tanks to Pakistan.  According to the article, the contract is worth tens of millions of dollars and that the proceeds from the sale will be used by Serbia to purchase new weapons.  The Chief of the Defense Technology in the Ministry of Defence, Major General Bojan Zrnic indirectly confirmed the sale, saying “It is true that there was an agreement in principle for the sale of 282 tanks from the arsenal of retired and obsolete military equipment, but I do not want to talk about with which country and the army this deal was made. It would not be appropriate because the contract has not been signed. What can I say is that the offer is extremely favorable for the Army of Serbia as the tanks will not be sold in its current state, they will be modernized first. This task will be entrusted to our defense industry.”  No details are given in the article as to what sort of modifications the Serbians will be making on these vehicles in order to modernize them.  It is probably safe to assume the modernization will be similar to their T-55H variant.

Read the full article here.