The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is undergoing a massive modernization plan, and as part of those efforts, the PAF is acquiring cutting-edge weapons.
Video released on the occasion of Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day indicates that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is procuring HQ-9B Air Defense System from China. Moreover, the video also indicates the acquisition of several other military equipment, including Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial combat vehicles (UCAVs), Akinci UCAVs, and TPS-77 (multi-role radar) MRR.
Chinese HQ-9 is a hybrid design based on a Russian SA-20, but with multiple improvements. Reportedly, it has a range of about 250 to 300 kilometers. Besides the S-400 purchased from Russia, the HQ-9B is China’s most capable multirole long-range air defense system. This air defense system is highly mobile and can be easily transported from one place to another.
As per information received by GDI Intelligence Wing, Pakistan has received a few Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs. Bayraktar TB2 is a Turkish-origin Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone, capable of flying at an altitude of 24000 ft. with flying endurance of 24 hours. According to Baykar, the aircraft has a 150 km communication range, a 12-m wing span, a 650 kg maximum takeoff weight, and a 55 kg payload capacity.
PAF video also shows short footage of the Akinci High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone. Reportedly, Pakistan will start receiving 1st batch of Akinci UCAVs in 1st half of 2023. Akinci is a twin-engine combat drone being developed by the Turkish firm “Baykar”. The latest variant of the Akinci drone can carry payload of up to 2000 kilograms.
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has received several batches of AN/TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars from Lockheed Martin. To read about AN/TPS-77 radar: click here