Induction of high-tech systems to make Pakistan’s air defence impenetrable: COAS
Commissioning of Strategic HQ 9 / P HIMADS to Pakistan Army Air Defence
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa Thursday visited Army Air Defence Centre Karachi, said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations.
On arrival, COAS laid a floral wreath at the Shahuada monument. Later, COAS witnessed the commissioning of state of the art Chinese origin HQ-9/P HIMADS (High to Medium Air Defence System) into Pakistan Army Air Defence.
Lieutenant General Hamood uz Zaman Khan; Commander Army Air Defence Command briefed COAS about strategic weapon system.
Induction of HIMADS will significantly enhance the Comprehensive Layered Integrated Air Defence (CLIAD) shield of aerial frontiers of Pakistan as the system is fully integrated through a well-knit Digitised System on its inventory.
Capable of intercepting multiple air targets including aircraft, cruise missiles and Beyond Visual Range Weapons at ranges over 100 kilometres with Single Shot Kill Probability, HQ-9/P is considered as a strategic long-range Surface to Air Missile (SAM) with remarkable flexibility and precision.
Speaking at the occasion, COAS said that induction of high-tech systems will make Pakistan’s air defence impenetrable in the emerging threat scenario. Highlighting the criticality of air defence in the overall defence of the motherland, COAS said the exemplary synergy between Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army Air Defence makes the country’s air defence impregnable. Pakistan–China strategic partnership and defence collaboration is a factor of stability in the region, COAS remarked.
Senior officials from China were also present on the occasion.