Chinese AWACS will revolutionise air defence: Pak Air Chief

Last Updated: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 15:29

Islamabad: The induction of Chinese-made
airborne warning and control system aircraft in the Pakistan
Air Force beginning next year will bring about a "revolution"
in air defence operations, the air force chief said Sunday.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, currently on a
visit to China, said that his force
has plans to induct four Shaanxi ZDK-03 AWACS aircraft in its
inventory.

Suleman recently attended the roll out ceremony in
Hanzhong for the first ZDK-03 aircraft designed specifically
for PAF.

He said countries without AWACS aircraft mostly rely
on ground-based radar systems that have "very serious
limitations in terms of their surveillance and detection".

Highlighting the importance of the AWACS, Suleman said
they can detect "any object flying from the enemy side and you
can take action to counter the threat".

There will be a revolution in PAF`s air defence
operations after the induction of surveillance aircraft, he
said.

"There are very few countries in the world having
AWACS technology in their air forces," he said.

Suleman further said that the delivery of AWACS
aircraft from Sweden to Pakistan has also begun and the
Chinese-made surveillance planes will begin joining the PAF
from the first quarter of next year, he said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 15:29

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