Pakistan Defence & Security 2020
Pakistan's defence sector will see expansion in the coming years amid deepening cooperation with external partners andstrong government support. Export levels will continue to grow - particularly to developing countries looking for affordableequipment. Domestic demand for military products will also remain robust; Islamabad is under pressure to maintain defencespending growth, as the government must keep powerful military officials satisfied in order to ensure political stability, amid anongoing counterterrorism campaign and persistent tension with neighbouring India. We expect substantial investmentin equipment for counterterrorism operations in the next few years, and a gradually stronger focus on strengthening naval and airpower (India retains superiority over Pakistan in both these areas) over the longer term. That said, huge operational expenses linkedto ongoing operations will restrict funding for modernisation to some degree.
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