Pakistan Airforce ready to strike backNovember 26, 2008
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall, Tanvir Mahmood has said that Pakistan Air Force is fully capable to stop drones’ flights and missile strikes.
He said that it was up to the government to decide whether it wanted to benefit from PAF capabilities and deter the aggressors violating territorial integrity of the country.
This is in addition to the recent exercise by the army where it sent out a strong message about its defence capabilities. Pakistan Army also has its own fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, ready to be deployed instead of the CIA controlled drones terrorizing our citizens.
In what is the latest telling sign of the deteriorating relationship between the army and Zardari’s government, the Air Chief Marshall has come out to slap down the Government claims and show them up for the liars they are.
Here’s what the CIA-imposed ‘democratic’ Government has been saying:
We don’t have the capability to stop US attacks – Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar
It’ll take a year before we have the capability - Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar
Attacks difficult to explain – Zardari
And finally, PM Gilani tries to justify US attacks on Pakistan.
Ofcourse all of this comes in the backdrop of the recent revelations of the agreement reached between Zardari and the US in September, as reported by the Washington Post:
Washington Post: Pakistan and U.S. Have Tacit Deal On Airstrikes
Zaid Hamid: PPP Facilitates the invasion of Pakistan
Pakistan’s Unmanned Air Force
America’s killer drones are getting all the attention, in the fight against Pakistani militants. But Pakistan’s military has plenty of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, too. And they’re being used to spy on suspected insurgents, and listen in on their phone calls.
Since 2002, Pakistan has dramatically expanded its robotic fleet in the sky, Defense News reports. The Pakistani Air Force has two UAV squadrons — and is looking to build up to six.
“Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters use not just mobile and satellite phones for communication, but also sophisticated military radios,” Defense News notes. So companies like East West Infiniti are building SIGINT [signals intelligence] for small drones and robotic blimps, to capture those conversations.
Karachi-based Integrated Dynamics actually exports its Border Eagle surveillance drone to the United States for border patrol duties. The company also makes drones the turbojet-powered Tornado decoy, which can fly up to 200 kilometers, and emit false radar signals to “confuse enemy air defenses into thinking they are attacking aircraft,” Defense News says.
The gear will all be on display at the end of the month, at IDEAS, Pakistan’s big military trade show.