Turkey’s Havelsan software and systems integration company yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Pakistan Armed Forces regarding simulation and training, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Karachi.
Sadik Yamac, General Manager, CEO of Havelsan, told defenceWeb that three agreements are in play. These cover research and development, the Pakistan Armed Force’s C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) and simulators for the Pakistan Air Force and Army, including flight, driving and possibly artillery simulators.
Projects that will benefit from the agreements include the JF-17 Thunder, F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-130 Hercules, Mil Mi-17 and Super Mushak. Pakistan’s Military Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (MVRDE) in particular will benefit from the agreements. The latter has developed a tank artillery simulator, which was on display at IDEAS.
Yamac said that Havelsan did not want to simply sell weapons to Pakistan but wanted to work together with the country. “We are a bridge in the centre of Asia and Europe. We are opening the door to both sides.”
Havelsan has performed work for the Pakistan Armed Forces, having delivered Artillery Forward Observer Simulators, an Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range and battle management and information systems. Havelsan has received an order for its Genesis combat management system for the Pakistan Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate, PNS Alamgir.
Pakistan enjoys strong ties with Turkey, which is the biggest foreign exhibitor at IDEAS 2012. Turkey has trained Pakistani officers and supplied a wide variety of military hardware, including Onuk MRTP-33 fast attack craft, AH-1 Cobra helicopter parts and artillery simulators. Turkish Aerospace Industries has also upgraded Pakistan’s F-16A/B Block 15s and is promoting its T-129 attack helicopter as an AH-1F Cobra replacement.