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First SAAB-2000 Aircraft inducted in PAF: PAF to receive 18 F-16s by July next year

KAMRA (December 30 2009): Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said on Tuesday that with the induction of Swedish Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning & Control AEW&C system, Pakistan Air Force has become one of the few air forces in the world to have Airborne Early Warning capability.

This he said during his speech as chief guest at the induction ceremony of first SAAB-2000 AEW&C aircraft at PAF Base here. The ceremony was attended amongst others by the Swedish Ambassador to Pakistan, senior military and civil officials, and guests from Sweden.

Rao Qamar Suleman praised the efforts of the members of M/S Saab AB of Sweden and all PAF personnel who remained involved in the development of the Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft and its timely induction in the PAF. He expressed his satisfaction that PAF's long standing requirement for an airborne early warning capability had finally been realised with the induction of the Saab Surveillance system.

He said the system would make the defence of Pakistan's airspace more effective and bring about a major change in its operational concept and employment. "Induction of this system is part of the overall PAF strategy of transforming itself into a lean and technologically advanced air forces. With the induction of the SAAB-2000 AEW&C, PAF becomes one of the few air forces in the world to have an Airborne Early Warning and Control capability," the Air Chief said.

The CAS assured the nation that PAF would not spare any effort to make the defence of the country impregnable. He said that due the changed security scenario after 9/11, need for such a surveillance system increased manifold. The Air Chief said that after thorough negotiations, a deal for supply of SAAB 2000 AEW&C system was signed in 2006.

It is pertinent to mention here that early this month PAF received first of its four Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft from Sweden, marking achievement of a major milestone in the overall modernisation plan of PAF. Welcoming the dignitaries, Chief Project Director of Project Horizon, Air Commodore Perci Edul Virjee, presented a brief update on status of the whole Project and the milestones achieved leading to the delivery of the first aircraft.

He highlighted the close co-operation between PAF and members of the Saab Project team for ensuring that the system was developed according to the PAF operational requirements. Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan, Ulrika Sundberg, speaking on the occasion looked forward to the successful completion of AEW&C Project, which would further enhance the existing relations between Pakistan and Sweden. She further said that Pakistan and Sweden enjoy good trade relations which would further grow in future.

Executive Vice President of M/S Saab AB of Sweden, Dan Ake Enstedt in his speech thanked all the concerned PAF personnel and Ministry of Defence for their whole hearted support for the accomplishment of all the milestones of the project. He appreciated the professional insight of the PAF Officers involved in the Project and the valuable inputs given by them towards the development of the system.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said that Pakistan Air Force would receive 18 new F-16 planes by July 2010. Talking to media persons on the occasion of induction ceremony of first SAAB-2000 AEW&C aircraft at PAF Base here he said that the new F-16s would be equipped with several new weapons.

The Air Chief said that PAF was fully capable of meeting all the challenges of air defence, making it clear that Pakistan had no offensive designs against anyone and its defence purchases were of defensive nature. To a question about modernisation process of the PAF he said that talks were being held with China for supply of four AWACS planes, which would be handed over to PAF by 2011.

He further said that Pakistan would also receive surface-to-air missile system by end of next year. He said with the induction of Swedish Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning & Control AEW&C system, PAF has entered in new ear of air defence. Replying to question he said that first squadron of JF-17 Thunder planes would become operational by June next.

Copyright Associated Press of Pakistan, 2009

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First SAAB 2000 ERIEYE AEW&C Aircraft Inducted in PAF

December 29, 2009

KAMRA: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said that with the induction of Swedish Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning & Control AEW&C system, Pakistan Air Force has become one of the few air forces in the world to have Airborne Early Warning capability.

This he said during his speech as chief guest at the induction ceremony of first SAAB-2000 AEW&C aircraft at PAF Base here. The ceremony was attended amongst others by the Swedish Ambassador to Pakistan, senior military and civil officials, and guests from Sweden.

Rao Qamar Suleman praised the efforts of the members of M/S Saab AB of Sweden and all PAF personnel who remained involved in the development of the Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft and its timely induction in the PAF. He expressed his satisfaction that PAF's long standing requirement for an airborne early warning capability had finally been realised with the induction of the Saab Surveillance system.

He said the system would make the defence of Pakistan's airspace more effective and bring about a major change in its operational concept and employment. "Induction of this system is part of the overall PAF strategy of transforming itself into a lean and technologically advanced air forces. With the induction of the SAAB-2000 AEW&C, PAF becomes one of the few air forces in the world to have an Airborne Early Warning and Control capability," the Air Chief said.

The CAS assured the nation that PAF would not spare any effort to make the defence of the country impregnable. He said that due the changed security scenario after 9/11, need for such a surveillance system increased manifold. The Air Chief said that after thorough negotiations, a deal for supply of SAAB 2000 AEW&C system was signed in 2006.

It is pertinent to mention here that early this month PAF received first of its four Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft from Sweden, marking achievement of a major milestone in the overall modernisation plan of PAF. Welcoming the dignitaries, Chief Project Director of Project Horizon, Air Commodore Perci Edul Virjee, presented a brief update on status of the whole Project and the milestones achieved leading to the delivery of the first aircraft.

He highlighted the close co-operation between PAF and members of the Saab Project team for ensuring that the system was developed according to the PAF operational requirements. Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan, Ulrika Sundberg, speaking on the occasion looked forward to the successful completion of AEW&C Project, which would further enhance the existing relations between Pakistan and Sweden. She further said that Pakistan and Sweden enjoy good trade relations which would further grow in future.

Executive Vice President of M/S Saab AB of Sweden, Dan Ake Enstedt in his speech thanked all the concerned PAF personnel and Ministry of Defence for their whole hearted support for the accomplishment of all the milestones of the project. He appreciated the professional insight of the PAF Officers involved in the Project and the valuable inputs given by them towards the development of the system.

The Air Chief said that PAF was fully capable of meeting all the challenges of air defence, making it clear that Pakistan had no offensive designs against anyone and its defence purchases were of defensive nature.

He further said that Pakistan would also receive surface-to-air missile system by end of next year. He said with the induction of Swedish Saab-2000 Airborne Early Warning & Control AEW&C system, PAF has entered in new era of air defence.

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