Pakistan deploys Chinese SAMs along border with India

The recent Indian air raid in Pakistani Kashmir’s Balakot area mobilized the leadership of the country’s Armed Forces, which decided to deploy Chinese anti-aircraft systems on the Pakistani-Indian border.

More specifically, a number of the Chinese HQ-16 anti-aircraft system (or LY-80 as it is also known) have been deployed by Pakistan on border military bases to protect against possible Indian air raids.

The HQ-16 system is self-propelled and acquired from Pakistan in 2017. Pakistan has only 5 systems consisting of the IBIS-150 3D search radar which can detect targets at a distance of 150 km and an altitude of 20 km by three control centers and three 85-kilometer tracking radars and 12 truck launchers with 6 vertical rocket launchers each.