4 Defense Weapons Which Made Pakistan’s Defense Invincible

1. JF-17 Thunder Fighter Bomber

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The PAC JF-17 Thunder (Urdu: جے ایف-١٧ گرج‎), or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong (Fierce Dragon; Chinese: 枭龙; pinyin: Xiāo Lóng), is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. The JF-17 can be used for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. Its designation “JF-17” by Pakistan is short for “Joint Fighter-17”, while the designation and name “FC-1 Xiaolong” by China means “Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon”.

The JF-17 can deploy diverse ordnance, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, and a 23 mm GSh-23-2 twin-barrel autocannon. Powered by a RD-93 afterburning turbofan it has a top speed of Mach 1.6. The JF-17 is to become the backbone of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), complementing the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. The PAF inducted its first JF-17 squadron in February 2010 and four years later 49 units were in service (one lost in a crash), and 110 units were on order.

2. SAM Spada 2000

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The Spada 2000 is an all-weather, day and night, highly automated, air defence system. The system has quick reaction time and requires very few operators to man the system. The unit can operate independently or can be integrated with national air defence centres. The Spada 2000 system can engage up to four targets simultaneously with Aspide 2000 missiles.

3. HQ-9

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Pakistan was the first country to start negotiations with China on the import of the HQ-9 medium to long-range active radar homing surface-to-air missile and the HQ-16 truck-based vertically launched surface-to-air missile, according to the April 2015 edition of Kanwa Defense Review.

It’s not surprising that Pakistan is choosing the HQ-9 to arm its air force given that its early warning aircraft and the majority of its fighters are Chinese, according to the journal.

HQ-9 is a long-range Surface to Air Missile to counter high-performance aircraft, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles and tactical ballistic missiles.

4. F-22p Frigates

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The F-22P or Zulfiquar-class frigate (Urdu: ذوالفقار ‎ English: Sword class), is a general purpose frigate built by Pakistan and China for the Pakistan Navy (PN). They are an adaptation of the Type 053H3 frigates of China but include elements of the Type 054 frigates as well.

5. Ballistic Missiles

A list of missiles developed by Pakistan:

Surface-to-surface missiles:
Battlefield range ballistic missiles (BRBM)
Nasr
Hatf-I
Short range ballistic missiles (SRBM)
Ghaznavi
Abdali-I
Ghauri-I
Shaheen-I
Medium range ballistic missiles (MRBM)
Ghauri-II
Shaheen-II
Shaheen-III
Cruise missiles
Babur (Hatf VII)
Anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM)
Baktar-Shikan

Air-to-surface missiles:
H-2 SOW
H-4 SOW
Ra’ad (Hatf VIII)
Baktar-Shikan
Barq [1]

Surface-to-air missiles:
Anza Mk.1, Mk.2, Mk.3

6. Khalid-Class Submarine

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PNS Khalid, named after Khalid ibn al-Walid, is Khalid-class submarine of Pakistan Navy. Khalid was built in France by DCNS under a contract of three Agosta 90B submarines signed on 21 September 1994

7. Saab-2000 AWACS

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The Saab-2000 Erieye AEW&C (airborne early warning and control aircraft) of the Pakistan Air Force

8. Burraq UCAV

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The new unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) fired and precisely hit both still and moving targets with Barq, a laser-guided missile it carried under its wings.

Based on Chinese CH-3 specification,the indigenously developed Burraq can carry 100-kilogram payload. It is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) drone which can stay up for 12 hours. The payload can be laser-guided missile Barq, similar to Chinese AR-1 missiles, or a pair of precision guided small-diameter bombs like the Chinese FT series PGM.

With its successful Burraq test, Pakistan joins eight other countries — the United States, South Africa, France, Nigeria, Britain, Iran, Israel and China — which have already put weapons onto unmanned aircraft, according to the New America Foundation.

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