The UK Ministry of Defence recently signed the agreement with Pakistan Ordinance Factories, following which a consignment of 162 containers of ammunition, including artillery rockets, was shipped from Karachi Port to Ukraine via Germany in February
Six months after using Pakistan as a bridge to transfer arms to Kyiv, the United Kingdom has signed a deal with Pakistan to supply ammunition, including artillery rockets, to Ukraine.
The UK Ministry of Defence recently signed the agreement with Pakistan Ordinance Factories, following which a consignment of 162 containers of ammunition, including artillery rockets, was shipped from Karachi Port to Ukraine via Germany in February, according to a media report.
The Nur Khan Air Base in Rawalpindi was allegedly used by the UK for military aircraft flights to Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport in Romania via a British air base in the Mediterranean to transfer arms to Ukraine.
Between 6 and 15 August, the air bridge allegedly used West Asian airspace to transfer arms, avoiding Iran and Afghanistan airspace. The arms were transferred using a Globemaster plane. According to a media report, a British Air Force C-17A Globemaster III was also used for daily sorties using the Pakistan air bridge during the aforementioned period. This air bridge may have carried artillery ammunition for the Ukrainian army.
Ukraine and Pakistan have strong military and economic ties. Pakistan had purchased over 320 Ukrainian T-80UD tanks in service, complete with a fully developed ecosystem for their maintenance, use, ammunition, and spare parts. Between 1991 and 2020, Ukraine signed nearly USD 1.6 billion in arms contracts with Pakistan. According to reports, Islamabad has reached an agreement with Kyiv to repair its T-80UD fleet for USD 85.6 million.
Pakistan and Ukraine agreed in 2021 to strengthen military ties, particularly in the areas of defence production, training, counter-terrorism operations, and intelligence.