Islamabad: The Pakistan Air Force has
inducted the first of four Il-78 air-to-air refuelling
aircraft ordered from Ukraine as part of plans to enhance its
A statement issued by PAF today said the country`s
first air-to-air refuelling aircraft "has arrived on an
operational airbase while the delivery of remaining three
(aircraft) is planned to be completed by mid-2010".
The statement did not say when the aircraft had
arrived or give further details.
Pakistan has ordered four Il-78 refuelling aircraft
from Ukraine and the first jet had been undergoing tests in
that country over the past few months.
The PAF`s fleet of Mirage combat jets is currently
capable of being refuelled in mid-air and other aircraft will
have to be modified for use with the air-to-air refuellers.
The statement said the "PAF`s overall capability in
terms of its effectiveness to defend the airspace of Pakistan
would be significantly enhanced" through the capability to
refuel combat jets in the air.