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In its annual yearbook for 2017-2018, the Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) confirmed that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) took delivery of its sixth Saab 2000-based Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. The Directorate General of Defence Purchase (DGDP) ordered the sixth Erieye AEW&C from Saab for $94.95 million US in 2017-2018.

Public export-import registries indicated that the PAF started implementing the follow-on Erieye program in April 2018, with deliveries concluding in April 2019. It appears that the additional Erieye AEW&C aircraft were integrated to three Saab 2000s procured from Skyworld Aviation in November 2018. In any case, the MoDP has basically confirmed that the PAF now operates six Erieye AEW&C aircraft.

The PAF ordered four Erieye AEW&C in 2006. It had originally sought six AEW&C, but trimmed its purchase due to a resource reduction (as a result of the earthquake in 2005). The total value of the Erieye contract was $1.15 billion US, but that included training, logistics, spare parts, and other ancillary costs. However, the cost of the Erieye AEW&C on its own was $93 million US (close to the figure outlined by the MoDP).

In order to recover its fleet following the terrorist attack on Minhas Air Base in 2012, the PAF also set-up an extensive support base for the Saab 2000, one sufficient enough to repair damaged aircraft.

Although the Erieye is now an older system (with Saab actively promoting the Erieye ER), at less than $95 million, it is a comparatively low-cost solution for the PAF. However, the Saab 2000 is an integral piece to this cost-effectiveness, and there are a very limited number of such aircraft available on the market.

The PAF has not indicated any plan for procuring the Erieye ER, a gallium-nitride (GaN)-based system with a 70% increase in detection range. However, seeing the efficacy of the Erieye platform in its recent stand-off with India, interest in the improved version is not out of the question.

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Pakistan’s Directorate General of Munitions Production (DGMP) green-lit the development of a supersonic missile for the Pakistan Navy (PN), according to the Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production’s (MoDP) disclosure for 2017-2018.

Neither MoDP or DGMP revealed the range, weight, dimensions, or other specifications of the missile. In fact, they did not specify if the supersonic missile would be an anti-ship cruising missile (ASCM) or land-attack cruise missile (LACM), but a dual-ASCM/LACM is likely.

In addition, the DGMP also approved the development of an “improved version” of the Harbah dual-ASCM/LACM. Pakistan revealed the Harbah through a missile test in January 2018 from onboard the PNS Himmat, an Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC).

This ‘improved’ variant of the Harbah might be the dual-ASCM/LACM the PN test-fired in April 2019 , again from the PNS Himmat FAC.

Notes & Comments:

With defensibility against a supersonic-cruising ASCM – such as the BrahMos — difficult or infeasible, the next option for Pakistan is to equip itself with analogous capability
Having signed-off on the development of a supersonic missile, it seems that the PN is working on securing its own supersonic missile for anti-ship missions. For a truly analogous solution, the missile would need to be a supersonic-cruising design, i.e., with an air-breathing engine (ramjet or scramjet).

No timeline was provided for the PN’s supersonic missile, nor is there any indication of collaboration or a joint project. However, that would not be surprising (as even India and Russia cooperated on the BrahMos) as it could help with shortening timelines and reducing cost.

Potential partners can include China, Ukraine and/or South Africa. China is currently marketing a number of supersonic-cruising ASCMs, such as the HD-1A, CM-302 , and CX-1. South Africa had developed ramjet technology through the 1990s, such as the SAHV . Finally, Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye State Design Office is also developing ramjet technology, though for space applications. Be it through an existing design or simply a pool of expertise on the technology, Pakistan could leverage outside help.

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Falcons with ELINT support:

A F-16 formation flying along side of Da-20 Electronic singals INTelligence (ELINT) aircraft from No.24 Sqn. Da-20 Falcon aircraft are fitted with Electronic Warfare equipment for ELINT/Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) role. ELINT aircraft support in battlefield gives Air Force command over the adversary by literally blinding the enemy with radar jamming, communications jamming and radar spoofing

asif iqbal

very good ship

Pakistan navy is about to experience a high season

all 4 x Type 054AP are now under construction these are frigates
4 x Ada Class are coming these are corvettes
8 x SSK are under construction
2 x OPV
Oceanographic vessel (above)


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The Supersonic Cruise Missile development is very interesting to read. In an era, where superpowers (Russia & China) are developing and fielding "Hypersonic" Missiles, it is important that Pakistan Military takes the necessary step to work toward developing first supersonic, followed by hypersonic missiles. There isn't any room for complacency on past achievements. The time ahead is frought with danger and we do not have the luxury to rest.

Pakistan Navy, once in a position to do so, must establish "Navy Air Wings" to ensure Pakistan's dominance in the Arabian Sea. Pakistan does not need any aircraft carriers, what it needs is multiple large Naval Bases and Naval Air Stations capable of launching fighters, UCAVs, AEWs & EW aircraft. Defending the Arabian Sea to it's borders with the Ocean is crucial to securing trade routes.


Pakistan silently acquired Anti-Stealth radar from China

Anti-Stealth JY-27A radar spotted in Pakistan .... Researchers at Jane's (IHS Markit) have identified a JY-27A CVLO radar in imagery of Mianwali Air Base in Pakistan.

JY-27A is a 3-D long-range air surveillance & guidance radar that is resistant to jamming and is highly reliable and mobile. It is a VHF Radar that uses an active phased array antena. JY-27A is able to detect stealth aircraft in a distance of up to 500 km.

Coupled with JF-17 & FD 2000 this can give PAF a massive punch in the South Asian region....

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Pakistan Proceeds With New Miniature Submarine

The Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) listed the development and construction of a miniature submarine as a target for 2016-2017.

This may be related to talks in 2016 between the Pakistan Navy and the Turkish defence vendor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) for the joint development of a mini-submarine to supplant the Pakistan Navy’s aging Cosmos MG110 (SX756/W) mini-submarines.

The Cosmos MG110 displaces 119 tons submerged. It can carry eight special operation forces (SOF) divers and two swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV). The MG110s were bought in the 1980s to replace the SX404 mini-submarines.

According to MSI Turkish Defence Review, Pakistan and STM had studied the feasibility of upgrading the MG110s, but both sides concluded that this was not an affordable route.

Subsequently, STM proposed “designing a submarine platform from scratch,” which – if inked – would be considered a “different and strategic” collaborative effort between the two countries.

Turkish shipbuilder Yonca-Onuk is proposing its Underwater Offensive Team boat.

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