US to replace Pak`s P3C Orions: Report

Last Updated: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 23:20

Islamabad: The US will supply two P3C
Orion maritime surveillance planes to Pakistan to replace the
aircraft that were destroyed in a terrorist strike on Karachi
naval airbase last month, a media report said on Friday.

Quoting diplomatic sources Dawn news said, "The US has
decided to supply two P3C Orion aircraft to Pakistan to
replace the aircraft that were destroyed in the PNS Mehran
attack on May 22nd."

"The US will also be supplying F-16 aircraft and its
spare parts," it said.

Moreover, it is also expected that the chairman of the
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will soon be
visiting Pakistan.

The destruction of the two four-engine all-weather P3C
Orion aircraft had temporarily affected Pakistan Navy`s
counter-terrorism and surface and underwater reconnaissance
operations, it added.

The aircraft is designed for surface and underwater
reconnaissance and anti-submarine and anti-surface vessel
operations.

It is rated as the fastest turbo-prop long-range
maritime patrol (LRMP) platform used worldwide and is also
called the airborne destroyer.

Heavily-armed Taliban gunmen had stormed Mehran
airbase in Pakistan`s port city of Karachi, destroying two
US-made surveillance aircraft and killing at least five
security personnel.

PTI



First Published: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 23:20

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