US approves sale of night vision military system to Pakistan

Published: December 25, 2016
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The United States has approved the sale of a night vision infrared target sight system for Pakistan to enable greater target accuracy, Radio Pakistan reported.

The arms giant Lockheed Martin Corp will support the Target Sight System (TSS) on the US Navy and Pakistan’s AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters under a $151 million contract deal, said a statement by the US Defence Department.

Pakistan to comply to certain conditions to secure US military aid

According to Lockheed Martin, “TSS provides the capability to identify and laser-designate targets at maximum weapon range, significantly enhancing platform survivability and lethality.”

The system is designed to offers a infrared sensor with a laser designator turret that provides target sighting in day, night, or adverse weather conditions.

Pakistan apprehensive of US-India defence deal

Earlier this year, US State Department said that vital members of the US Congress are not prepared to support military aid to Pakistan unless it takes specific actions against designated terrorists, saying the Obama administration is bound to follow their decision.

“Key members of Congress have been clear they’re not prepared to support US military aid to Pakistan absent some specific actions,” Elizabeth Trudeau, a State Department’s official, said at a briefing.

The statement coincided with Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telling the lawmakers in Senate that the relations between Islamabad and Washington had been on a downward spiral.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:04PM

    Why are we wasting money on this ?! Surely with so much loadshedding and brownouts here everyone has gotten used to to seeing perfectly well in the dark.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:44PM

    People of Pakistan do not have food to eat. Good now we can eat night vision goggles.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Dec 26, 2016 - 12:36AM

    @BrainBro:
    We have food and we want night vision military system on cheapest price.Don’t count yourself in “WE” Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 28, 2016 - 3:33PM

    “Key members of Congress have been clear they’re not prepared to support US military aid to Pakistan absent some specific actions,”
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    American Congress objections are focused on subsidized sales – the F-16 controversy wasn’t about the sale of the plane it was about the price of the plane. In this case the USA has approved a sale of night vision system without subsidy. Std transaction – no big deal. Recommend

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