Pak to acquire its own AWACS by October: PAF Chief

May 29th, 2009 - 11:58 am ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, May 29 (ANI): The Air Warning and Control System (AWACS) and the spying satellite acquired by India recently has bolstered the Indian defense system, and as expected, Pakistan is worried by the Indian ‘eye in the sky’.

Pakistan Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has stated that Pakistan would also acquire an Air Warning and Control System (AWACS) by October.

Suleman said India has created an “imbalance in the power” in the region, so it was important for Pakistan to balance the situation by acquiring its own early warning systems,The Daily Times reports.

Addressing a graduation ceremony at Risalpur Academy, Suleman also disclosed that during the Indo-Pak standoff in 2001-02, the Pakistan Air Force had shot down an Indian drone which had violated Pakistan’s air territory.

India’s most potent force multiplier, Phalcon AWACS, is capable of tracking down incoming missiles. The all weather system is also capable of engaging 60 targets simultaneously and has a range of 400 km.

It has a radar that can help detect cruise missiles or aircrafts at ranges much beyond the capabilities of present systems. It can also collate information about troop movements and missile launches on ground and even intercept highly secured communication networks of the enemy.

India would acquire two more AWACS by the end of the next year. (ANI)

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