Chinese defense firm link to Pakistan supplies to Ukraine
- In Reports
- 11:39 AM, May 25, 2023
- Myind Staff
In order to streamline the delivery of armaments, Pakistan established a defence trading company in Warsaw in addition to increasing its defence connections with Ukraine by supplying Kyiv with military hardware via Poland. In light of the Sino-Pak "all-weather friendship," the defence company allegedly cooperated with China to supply Ukraine with defence supplies.
To facilitate deliveries to Ukraine, the Pakistani defence trading company Kestral Trading allegedly established a company in Warsaw under the name "Balferrten Investments."
According to reports, Kestral Trading has partnered with Beijing Heweiyongtai Science & Tech Co Ltd, a Chinese defence company, to buy UAVs for shipments to Kyiv. The supplies could be taken at Poland's Gdynia Port, hinted persons familiar with the issue
In the meantime, over 200 defensive supplies, including rockets, are being delivered to Ukraine by Pakistan Ordnance Factories using a ship bearing the flag of Antigua and Barbuda.
Since last year, Pakistan has regularly supplied arms and defence equipment to Ukraine. Sources claim that over the course of the next three months, Pakistan would ship three consignments of 155 mm artillery shells to Kyiv via Poland. In the following three months, Pakistan Ordnance Factories would transport the consignments from Karachi Port to Gdansk Port in Poland before moving them to Ukraine.
The shipments will be exported via MV Maj Richard Winters, MV SLNC Magothy and MV Ocean Freedom, ET reported. Kyiv in return, has launched the process to supply Mi-17 helicopter engines and auxiliary spare parts to the Pakistan military in lieu of Islamabad's regular supply of defence equipment to the Ukrainian army.
A $1.5 million contract has been inked by Pakistan to purchase spare parts and Mi-17 helicopter engines.
The UK supplied arms to Ukraine via Romania last year by using Pakistan as an air bridge. The air bridge allegedly utilised by the UK for military planes included the Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi.
Image source: Economic Times