ISLAMABAD: The marching and mechanized columns of civil and armed forces of the country here on Wednesday presented a spectacular parade expressing solemn pledge to always ensure the safety, security and prosperity of the motherland.
President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest, who arrived at the venue in a horse drawn Buggi, escorted by traditional unit of President’s body guards. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif received the President at the Shakarparian Parade Venue.
Present on the dais included, Defence Minister, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of Air Staff, representing Chief of Air Staff who was leading the PAF fly-past.
President Mamnoon Hussain was presented guard of honor. National anthem was played and the President reviewed the parade along with Parade Commander Brig Muhammad Amir Majeed.
The PAF aircraft fly past was led by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. The fly-past was presented by F-16 (fighter Falcon), JF-17 Thunder, F-7 PG, Mirages, F-7P, SAAB-2006 and Kurakuram Eagle AWACS aircraft.
All the aircraft flew at height of 500 feet. Fighter aircraft flew at speed of 800 KM per hour. PAF fighter aircrafts were equipped with latest airborne surveillance system called AWACS which has made the country’s air defence impregnable.
SAAB-2000 aircraft can servile enemy at a distance of 300-400 Km. Karakuram Eagle is equipped with KLC-7 radars which can pick up enemy air movement from 500-600 Km. P-3C Orion aircraft of Pakistan Navy, equipped with Torpedoes and Mines, known as flying destroyer was also part of the fly-past. It has flying endurance of 17 hours at a stretch.
Shaheen one Alfa and Shaheen-3 which have recently been included in the inventory of Strategic Plans Division (SPD) made their maiden public appearance.
Shaheen one Alfa is a modern version of Shaheen one with an extended range of 900 km. Shaheen-3 has a range of 2750 km.Other missile system included Ghaznavi with 290 Km range, Raad (from air to ground) having a range of 350 km was also part of the parade.
Another major equipment of the SPD’s inventory was “Buraq” drone. Buraq can fly at an altitude of 20000 feet. It can fire “Burq” missile and engage its target up to 7-8 Km. Buraq can continuously fly for 10 hours.
The indigenously developed Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) “Shahpar” was another important military equipment for surveillance and was part of the day’s parade.