Submarine Deal

A Warning from Islamabad

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A ThyssenKrupp submarine.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A potential arms deal between a German submarine manufacturer and Pakistan revealed allegations of bribery and corruption.

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    • SYSCO, a Pakistani company hired by ThyssenKrupp to promote the sale of submarines to Pakistan, was alleged backed by Tariq D., a man with close ties to local politicians.
    • The German military attaché in Pakistan warned a purchaser from the German defense ministry that the deal might involve bribery.
    • The deal fell apart as Pakistan could not afford the submarines.
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Naval yards have nothing to complain about when it comes to support from the German government. In fact, Berlin’s representatives have truly put their shoulders to the wheel during sales negotiations, such as recent negotiations with the Australian government.

Senior German politicians fly to foreign countries, embassies tout German industry and if a deal is reached, the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, often provides training for foreign soldiers.

One of the beneficiaries of this support is ThyssenKrupp, Germany’s largest manufacturer of submarines and frigates. The company has also been able to count on government support in other ways.

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