Pak to get P-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft from US

The US will hand over two refurbished P-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft to Pakistan on Friday to help boost the country’s maritime security capability.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 22:18 PM IST

Islamabad: The US will hand over two
refurbished P-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft to Pakistan
on Friday to help boost the country’s maritime security
capability.
Pakistani officials will receive the maritime
surveillance aircraft in Jacksonville, Florida, during a
ceremony to be attended by Vice Admiral Shahid Iqbal, Chief of
Staff of the Pakistan Navy and Islamabad`s ambassador to the
US Hussain Haqqani.

The aircraft are part of a batch of seven P-3C Orion
aircraft to be supplied to Pakistan by the US.

The aircraft are being upgraded by aviation major
Lockheed Martin.

A spokesman for the Pakistani embassy in Washington
said the supply of these aircraft reflects the growing
cooperation between the US and Pakistani navies, which have
been working closely in stemming illegal activities at sea.
As a major non-NATO ally of the US, Pakistan will
also receive the frigate McInerney later this summer under the
foreign military funding programme.

The warship, to be renamed the PNS Alamgir, will sail
to Pakistan early next year after being refurbished according
to the Pakistan Navy`s requirements.

PTI