Despite the worst financial condition Pakistan is facing, Its still working on strengthening the military force. Brian Cloughley , a defense analyst told Defense News :
Pakistan is prepared for a conventional war, and it seems that the riposte is alive and being refined in direct answer to India’s overwhelming numerical superiority.
Currently the Country is working on :
- Units for the Al-Zarrar and T-80UD tanks.
- Trials of a sabot FSDS-T round development.
- Driver’s thermal imaging/night vision periscope development.
- Assemble of engines for the Al-Khalid and T-80UD tanks.
- Rebuilding and upgrading of 160 Type-85IIAP main battle tanks between 2019-2020 and 2021-2022.
- Rebuilding of M113-series armored personnel carriers.
- Upgradation of Type-59 main battle tanks to the Al-Zarrar version.
In addition to this , Progress has been made for the production of low-rate Al-Khalid I tanks (20), along with the final-stage development of the Al-Khalid II (Enhanced power pack and fire-control/gun-control system).
Taxila Industry is manufacturing a tracked infantry fighting vehicle ‘Viper’, based on the M113 series and armed with a Slovak Turra 30 unmanned turret.
Pakistan also strengthened its anti-tank capabilities by acquiring Spanish Alcotán-100 shoulder-fired anti-tank rockets and Kornet-E anti-tank guided missiles.
The Former defense attaché to Islamabad Brian Cloughley told Defense News that emphasis on heavy armor indicates Pakistan’s
“preparedness for conventional war, and it seems that the riposte is alive and being refined in direct answer to India’s overwhelming numerical superiority.”
Brian said the government may have realized the use of tactical nuclear weapons would spark an uncontrollable escalation, and so it is focusing on other capabilities. However,
“this by no means indicates that tactical nuclear [surface-to-surface missiles] are not a most important asset — simply that Pakistan has been considering all options and appears to have concluded it had better maintain and develop conventional forces, concentrating on armor.
On the Air Defense, Pakistan is integrating newer air-to-air missiles, acquiring Chinese CM-400AKG supersonic anti-ship missiles and modifying air-to-air refueling for the JF-17 fighters. For advanced Block III JF-17s a new deal has also been signed last year.
Qaiser Tufail, Former PAF pilot said:
Bombs like the GB-6 K/YBS500, REK Mark 82/83/84 and H-4 will, therefore, be commonplace weapons in any future conflict
“A flight of JF-17s configured with a single missile each, along with underwing drop tanks, offer sufficient range to keep any hostile surface task force at bay,” he continued.