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Saab-2000 plane incorporated in PAF fleet

Posted on 29 December 2009 by PakBee - Total hits: 13,972

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RAWALPINDI: Saab-2000 Awacs aircraft meant for aerial surveillance has been incorporated in the Pakistan Air Force fleet, Geo News reported Tuesday.

A ceremony in this connection was held PAF Kamra attended by Chief of Air Staff Rao Qamar Suleman as chief guest.

Addressing on the occasion, the PAF chief said Saab-2000 will enhance PAF capacity to combat the threats facing the country.

With this acquisition from Sweden, Pakistan on Tuesday became the second country in the region after India to have inducted the sophisticated surveillance aircraft in its air force.

The aircraft is fitted with the latest technology to detect aircraft flying at high and medium altitudes. With state-of-the-art system, it is also capable of detecting objects flying at lower levels over land and sea at extended ranges. The system is also capable of detecting surface targets over sea.

The Erieye system provides 300 degree coverage and has an effective detection range of only 300 km to 350 km. It uses a pulse Doppler radar with a fixed, wedge-shaped antenna.

“By virtue of these features, Pakistan Air Force would be able to boost its operational capability manifold by achieving requisite early warning for efficient and meaningful air defence of its airspace,” an official statement said.

As compared to Pakistan’s AWAC system, the Indian Phalcon system provides tactical surveillance of airborne and surface targets and helps gather signal intelligence. It is also capable of tracking fighter planes, missiles and ground forces from a distance of 400 kilometres and in all weather conditions.

Qamar said four-aircraft deal for Saab-2000 worth $866 million have been signed.

The PAF Chief said the PAF will receive 18 F-16 aircrafts next year.

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