The Pakistan Army has inducted the Chinese-built LY-80 self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, according to a 12 March statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistan Army’s chief of staff, was quoted by ISPR as saying at the induction ceremony that the low-to-medium altitude air defence system is set to increase Pakistan’s “response capability to current and emerging air defence threats”.
The LY-80 is the export variant of the HQ-16 SAM system, which is used by China’s People’s Liberation Army.
The basic LY-80 unit consists of a command-and-control (C2) cell made up of a surveillance radar vehicle and a C2 vehicle and three firing batteries.
Each firing battery consists of a tracking and guidance radar vehicle and four vertical launchers each armed with a missile pack containing six launchers.