‘Shamsie airbase not under PAF control’

US military had used the “Terrain Masking Technology” in the May 2 top-secret operation in Abbottabad.


Express May 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) deputy chief has said that the Shamsie airbase in Balochistan is not under their control as it was funded and constructed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Briefing an in-camera session of both houses of Parliament on Friday, Air Marshal Muhammad Hassan told lawmakers that the US military had used the “Terrain Masking Technology” in the May 2 top-secret operation in Abbottabad that had killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. It was the first use of this technology that has astounded the world.

He said that the US stealth helicopters managed to evade Pakistani radars because they flew between two mountains. He added that the Pakistani military came to know about the incident after one of the helicopters crashed.

The deputy air chief said that the American helicopters had returned before the PAF scrambled its warplanes. He added that the PAF monitors the country’s airspace round-the-clock but the American helicopters evaded them due to their superior technology.Agencies

With additional input from news desk

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2011.

COMMENTS (52)

ishrat salim | 10 years ago | Reply We hv acquired 6 AWACS recently ( 3 from China & 3 from Sweden )...where were these ??....laying eggs...?? if these are not effective than why we acquired them at all...?? nobody seem to remember this piece of equipment...hence nobody hv put any question on this issue...?? which shows our & our leadership capability & expect to fight the Americans...??
Ali | 10 years ago | Reply @Ramesh Kaul: Yes, because Pakistan has not claimed Kashmir its part. Pakistan since day one is of the view that Kashmir is a disputed area. Constitution of Pakistan does not include Kashmir as part of Pakistan. However, there a large number of countries who issue stamped visa for People of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. If you argument is acceptable then these areas are part of Pakistan. However, China issues stapled visa for both Indian Occupied Kashmir and Arunachal Pardesh. So, by your own argument, both these territories are not part of India.
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