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PAF inducts air-to-air refuelling aircraft

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 operational capabilities.



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
operational capabilities.

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.

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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.

PTI

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