Pakistan Army to Acquire FD-2000 Air Defense System with 125KM Range
Pakistan Army is mulling over the feasibility of procuring three to four FD-2000 long-range SAM systems.
After acquiring nine HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, Pakistan Army is considering to procure FD-2000, long-range air defense missiles from China.
Reportedly, the FD-2000 has:
- A maximum speed of Mach 4.2
- A semi-active radar-homing (SARH) seeker
- A reaction time of 15 seconds
Of the nine LY-80 systems on order, the Pakistan Army has reportedly taken delivery of them so far. The LY-80 was formally inducted in March 2017 and according to theRussian News Agency TASS, the delivered systems are operational.
With a maximum engagement range of 125 km, the FD-2000 is an export variant of the HQ-9, which is the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) primary long-range SAM systems on land and at sea.
Previously, Pakistan has successfully procured nine HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from China. Now Pakistan is reportedly setting its focus on the FD-2000.
Quoting a Pakistan Ministry of Defense Production (MoDP) official, TASS reports that Pakistan is now studying the feasibility of procuring three or four FD-2000 long-range SAM systems to fulfill its long-range air defense requirements.
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Pakistan is also reportedly improving its very short-range air defense (VSHORAD) capabilities.
While citing an official of Pakistan Ministry of Defense, TASS also maintained that the country inducted 200 QW-18-man-portable air defense (MANPAD) launchers from China. Moreover, it is working on the manufacture of QW-18 domestically under license.
Furthermore, Pakistan Army has reportedly taken delivery of the earlier procured nine LY-80 systems. Notably, Pakistan Army had formally inducted LY-80 in March 2017. According to Russian News Agency TASS, the said systems are operational now.
Along with expanding its air defense coverage, Pakistan seems to be improving its short-range air defense (VSHORAD) capabilities as well.
There had been reports of Pakistan expressing interest in Russian long-range air defense systems, pursuing a Chinese system was the more natural outcome.
Not only is China an assuredly willing supplier of such systems to Pakistan, but Pakistan also has experience operating integrated air defense systems of Chinese origin.
FD-2000 would represent a major step as Pakistan’s first long-range anti-air warfare system with a range of over 100 km. The FD-2000 would provide an additional air defense layer, especially against high-altitude threats.