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Bajwa lauds army air defence’s firepower
By Tariq Butt January 12, 2019
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army displayed the newest induction to its air defence system at firing ranges near Karachi, the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“Firing by all air defence weapon systems was the culminating event of the two-week long Al Bayza-2019 exercise,” it said, adding Chief of Army Staff Genera Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan witnessed the firepower display.

Bajwa has said induction of long-range air defence weapon system LY80 has greatly enhanced the capability of the military’s air defence arm.

He said this while witnessing the firepower capability display along with Mujahid at the air defence firing range near Karachi.

“The LY80 weapon system will strengthen the national defence,” Bajwa was quoted as saying.

The hallmark of the event, the ISPR said, was the first-ever fire by recently inducted Long Range Air Defence Weapon System LY80. Induction of LY-80 has realised the concept of a comprehensive, layered and integrated air defence capability with enhanced lethality, it added.

While interacting with the officers and troops, the army chief congratulated the army air defence for the successful conduct of firepower capability display.

Firing by the air defence weapon systems was the culminating event of the two-week-long exercise Al-Bayza 2019, read a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing.

Hallmark of the event was the first-ever fire by the recently inducted long-range air defence weapon system LY80. “Induction of LY-80 has realised the concept of a comprehensive, layered and integrated air defence capability with enhanced lethality,” read the statement.

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan congratulated the Pakistan army over induction of LY 80, saying the system has reinforced the country’s overall air defence capability.

The commander Karachi corps, the commander of Army Air Defence Command and other senior officials also witnessed the event.

A delegation of business community met army chief in Karachi, said ISPR.

According to army’s media cell, the COAS apprised the business community about improving the overall security situation, especially in Karachi.

The army chief asked the community to capitalise on the current environment and assist in economic stability of the country. The business community acknowledged Pakistan army’s efforts in inducing a secure environment for increased business opportunities in the country.

The ISPR said the business community pledged to contribute in strengthening the economic capacity of the country.

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