In a bid to improve the country’s defence capabilities, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) inducted on Thursday a Chinese-built ‘Karakoram Eagle’ Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)
The new aircraft, introduced at a ceremony held at an operational PAF base in Karachi, is capable of detecting hostile aerial and sea surface targets far before ground-based radars regardless of their height. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the chief guest at the ceremony.
The aerial warfare branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces announced that the new aircraft will be a part of the No4 Squadron.
PAF proudly said that the country’s air defence is now able to look deeper in enemy territory, be it land or sea.
The aircraft maintains link with ground command and control centres to provide comprehensive monitoring of enemy units. In addition to early detection, the AWACS can direct forces to intercept or neutralise the emerging threat, well before it they can position themselves to strike at targets.
“AWACS ability of detecting sea targets would also enhance the capabilities of Pakistan Navy,” PAF further said.