Pakistan Army News - 2017

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Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test flight of the Ababeel surface-to-surface ballistic missile (SSM), the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

 
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Pak successfully conducted first flight test of SSM #ABABEEL, Rg 2200 Km. #COAS congrats team and Pak Armed Forces for landmk achievement.

 

 
 

 

 

Ababeel has a maximum range of 2,200 kilometres and is capable of delivering multiple warheads using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology, an ISPR press release added.

"The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system," it said.

Ababeel is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and has the capability to engage multiple targets with high precision, defeating hostile radars, the ISPR elaborated.

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Surface-to-surface Ababeel ballistic missile. -AFP

 

"The development of the Ababeel weapon system was aimed at ensuring survivability of Pakistan's ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment," read the press release.

The Ababeel test came on the heels of a successful test of submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-III earlier this month.

"The successful attainment of a second strike capability by Pakistan represents a major scientific milestone; it is manifestation of the strategy of measured response to nuclear strategies and postures being adopted in Pakistan’s neighborhood," the military had said after the Babur-III test.

The missile, launched from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean from an underwater, mobile platform, had hit its target with precise accuracy, the Army had said.

Babur-III is a sea-based variant of ground-launched cruise missile Babur-II, which was successfully tested in December last year.

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This in my view is the very reason that on the whole, the US military remains the best in the world. Serving in the Officer Corps by joining the military academies is akin to succeeding in getting into Ivy League schools.

http://www.businessinsider.com/teenager-accepted-military-academies-2017-1

While in Pakistan too competition is tough to get in, but most do not have the educational achievements of such high standards. When they do they opt to either go abroad or go work for MNC's which is unfortunate otherwise the intake could be so much better.

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Pakistan orders more AW139 helos from Leonardo
 
By Ryan Maass   |   Updated Feb. 21, 2017 at 7:42 AM
 
 
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Leonardo says the AW139's high performance capabilities under extreme weather conditions make the aircraft an ideal fit for Pakistan's operational environment. Photo courtesy of Leonardo
 
 

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Leonardo received an order from the government of Pakistan to deliver additional AW139 helicopters for transport and utility purposes.

The company did not disclose the number of rotorcraft included in its latest order. Deliveries are expected to begin in mid-2017.

 

Leonardo says the purchase expands Pakistan's existing AW139 fleet, adding the rotorcraft's high performance capabilities under extreme weather conditions make it a good fit for the country's operational environment.

The AW139 helicopter is a multirole aircraft designed for emergency response and search-and-rescue operations. Its military variant, designated the AW139M, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines, and can be piloted by one or two pilots in addition to carrying 10 troops.

Leonardo adds the helicopter features the largest cabin volume in its class to accommodate two to four stretchers to support emergency response missions.

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Do we know how many are currently in service and how many now this makes on order split by GoP and Pak military?

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Pakistan Army receives six Cessna aircraft from US
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The Pakistan Army on Friday received six new Cessna aircraft, two Cessna 208 Caravan and four Cessna T-206H from the United States, said a statement released by the US Office of Defense Representative. 

In April 2016, the US Department of Defence had announced it had issued a $14.9 million, fixed-price contract to Cessna Aircraft Company for making two Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft and four Cessna T-206H Stationair aircraft for Pakistan. The contract included sustainment support and associated training. 

Read more: Pakistan to get six medical aircraft from US

The aircraft will be configured for medical evacuation.

The statement from the Office of Defense Representative added that the Caravan and the Stationair aircraft will strengthen Pakistan Army's air mobility by enhancing its capability to conduct medical evacuations as well as provide limited troop and equipment transport. 

The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps in the statement thanked America for the "generous contribution".

"American security assistance continues to build the counter-terrorism capabilities of Pakistan's security forces."

"The US and Pakistan are stronger when we work together to combat terrorism," the statement added.

Each aircraft comes with a 24-month sustainment package, including spares, tooling, and support equipment.

The Grand Caravan EX, first shown at the Paris Airshow in 2015, is equipped with a surveillance console, medical stretcher, lightweight seats and stowable utility seat.

It accommodates up to 14 people and a load of 1,593kg.

The T206H Stationair is a smaller aircraft for six people and can take a load of 581kg.

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Background on these Medevac aircraft:

 

 

Pakistan to get six medical aircraft from US
THE NEWSPAPER'S CORRESPONDENTPUBLISHED APR 23, 2016 06:28AM

WASHINGTON: Pakistan will receive six new medical evacuation aircraft from the United States, the US Department of Defence has announced.

The department issued a $14.9 million, fixed-price contract to Cessna Aircraft Company on Thursday for making two Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft and four Cessna T-206H Stationair aircraft for Pakistan. The contract includes sustainment support and associated training. 

The aircraft will be modified for aeromedical evacuation. 

Each aircraft comes with a 24-month sustainment package, including spares, tooling, and support equipment. 

Cessna will also provide pilot and maintainer training to the Pakistan Army personnel. 

The aircraft will be built at Wichita, Kansas, and delivered by Dec 30. 

This contract is 100 per cent foreign military sales to Pakistan.

The Grand Caravan EX, first shown at the Paris Airshow in 2015, is equipped with a surveillance console, medical stretcher, lightweight seats and stowable utility seat. 

It accommodates up to 14 people and a load of 1,593kg.

The T206H Stationair is a smaller aircraft for six people and can take a load of 581kg.

Published in Dawn, April 23rd, 2016

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PATS going on at NCTC:

 

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1370807/wish-isolate-us-see-pakistan-globally-honoured-gen-qamar/

 

According to the ISPR, Gen Qamar made the remarks during a visit to the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in Pabbi near Mangla. He is also reported to have met members of foreign military teams participating in the second Pakistan Army Team Sprit Competition (PATS).

 

 

 

Country comes first, says Gen Qamar

In addition to Pakistan Army, teams from China, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Thailand and the UK are participating in the event.  The competition, aimed at testing survival skills and physical endurance, is spread over 72 hours and include 23 field events, focusing on counterterrorism operations.

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Foreign teams participate alongside Pakistan Army in PATS competition
 
By News DeskPublished: April 2, 2017
 
Army chief General Qamar Bajwa with foreign delegates participating in Pakistan Army Team Spirit Competition at Mangla on Friday.
 
The second Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) competition is underway near Jhelum with participation from 10 countries, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.
 
Teams from China, Indonesia, Jordon, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Srilanka, Turkey, Thailand and UK along with eight Pakistan Army teams are participating in the event, the statement added.
 
It said foreign teams will be tested on the second day of the competition for their physical fitness, endurance and team spirit.
 
PATS is a narrative-based competition held under very challenging environment. A patrol from every participating team is tasked to infiltrate in terrorist infested area, carry out a task and exfiltrate.
 
US delivers Cessna aircraft to Pakistan Army
 
The competition, aimed at testing survival skills and physical endurance, is spread over 72 hours and include 23 field events, focusing on counterterrorism operations. The last competition was won by Mangla Corps.
 
On Friday, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in Pabbi near Mangla and met members of foreign military teams participating in the event.
 
He said Pakistan has successfully neutralised malicious propaganda against it and “elements trying to isolate Pakistan must now see how it (Pakistan) is actually valued and honoured by its friends” the world over.
 

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