Orions not to be replaced anytime soon: Public Accounts Committee

Two P3C Orion aircrafts were destroyed in a terrorist attack on PNS Mehran base in Karachi.

Express August 09, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly informed on Tuesday that it was not possible to immediately replace the destroyed P3C Orion aircrafts in Pakistan's naval fleet.

MNA Zahid Hamid presided over the the meeting of the PAC, held at the parliament house in Islamabad today.

Secretary Defence Production Lieutenant General Shahid Iqbal told the committee that no proposal for the purchase of new ‘radar aircraft’ was received adding that it will be difficult to procure new planes considering Pakistan's fragile relations with the US.

Earlier in May, terrorists had destroyed two P3C Orion planes parked in the PNS Mehran Base in Karachi in one of Pakistan’s deadliest terrorist attacks on a military installation.

Earlier last week the Pakistan Navy moved its main battleships away from Karachi, to another port in Ormara, Balochistan, as security threats continued, sources in the navy said.

The navy had sent its warships away from its main base in Karachi as a “precautionary measure” after a 16-hour siege of its main naval airbase, PNS Mehran. The commando-style gun and rocket-propelled grenade attacks had resulted in the destruction of two P3C Orion airplanes – which were key naval assets.

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