US gives maritime patrol boats, artillery to Pak

The US has delivered 48 field artillery cannons and 5 maritime patrol boats to Pak security forces.

Updated: Feb 13, 2010, 22:26 PM IST

Islamabad: The US today delivered 48 field
artillery cannons and five maritime patrol boats to Pakistan`s security forces as part of the ongoing military cooperation between the two allies in the war against terror.

Brig Gen Michael Nagata, deputy chief of the US Office of
the Defence Representative in Pakistan, handed over the
military equipment during two separate events in the southern
port city of Karachi.

Nagata handed over 48 M1095A5 Howitzer self-propelled
cannons to Brig Farrukh Saeed, Artillery Commander of the 25th
Mechanized Division, said a statement from the American

The M109A5 cannon is an indirect fire support weapon
deployed with armoured brigades and mechanised infantry
divisions and has a crew of six.

The delivery marked the completion of a deal to provide
115 artillery cannons to Pakistan under the US Foreign
Military Sales programme.

The deal initiated in 2006 enabled Pakistan to obtain the
cannons at a "greatly discounted rate".

"These field artillery cannons are an important part of
enhancing the capabilities of Pakistan`s Army as it continues
to wage its courageous fight against terrorists who seek to
destroy Pakistan`s people and way of life," said Nagata.