15 October 2021
by Samuel Cranny-Evans & Gabriel Dominguez
A screengrab from footage launched by the ISPR on 14 October displaying a transporter car carrying spare missiles for the HQ-9/P SAM system throughout a commissioning ceremony held that very same day at Army Air Defence Centre Karachi. (ISPR)
The Pakistan Army's (PA's) Air Defence forces have inducted into service a variant of the Chinese-made HQ-9 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, in response to a 14 October press launch issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani navy.
Referred to in PA service because the HQ-9/P High-to-Medium Air Defence System (HIMADS), the weapon entered service in a ceremony held that very same day at Army Air Defence Centre Karachi that was additionally attended by Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The HQ-9/P can function as a part of an built-in air and missile defence community, which means that will probably be used to “significantly enhance” the ‘Comprehensive Layered Integrated Air Defence (CLIAD)' alongside Pakistan's frontiers, famous the ISPR.
No data was offered about what number of HQ-9/P units have entered service and whether or not further units are on order.
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