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Satellite Imagery Reveals PAKISTAN Deployed HQ-16/LY-80 LOMADS Air Defense System In Lahore Near indian Border:

Satellite Imagery has revealed that PAKISTAN has deployed HQ-16/LY-80 Low-to-Medium altitude Air Defense System (LOMADS) in Lahore near the indian border.

PAKISTAN Deployed LY-80-HQ-16 LOMADS Air Defense System near indian Border
PAKISTAN Deployed LY-80-HQ-16 LOMADS Air Defense System near indian Border

It is worth to mention that PAKISTAN ARMY has previously deployed the LY-80 LOMADS Air Defense System back in December 2019 and this is the second time that it has re-deployed the LY-80 LOMADS Air Defense System in the region.

Satellite Imagery revealed that the powerful PAKISTAN ARMY has installed the HQ-16/LY-80 Low to Medium Altitude Air Defense System (LOMADS) in Punjab’s Capital Lahore, which is just 24 Kilometers (14 Miles) away from the PAKISTAN and india international Wagah-Attari border.

The re-deployment of the LY-80/HQ-16 Surface to Air Missile System in just 24 Kilometers distance from india can easily be seen as the approach of PAKISTAN Strategist Thinkers to counter the indian warmongering designs in the region.

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Significance of LY-80/HQ-16 Low To Medium Range Surface to Air Missile System (LOMADS):

The HQ-16/LY-80 Low to Medium Altitude Air Defense System is basically a CHINESE-manufactured Medium range surface to Air Missile System (SAM). The HQ-16 Medium Range Air Defense System has proven battle-hardened and battle-readied performance and can detect hostile aerial targets with pinpoint accuracy.

PAK HQ-16 Air Defense System
COAS General Qamar Bajwa inspecting the Testing of HQ-16 Air Defense System

The HQ 16 Low to Medium Range Surface to Air Missile System consists of up to 6-cell vertical missile launchers configured in a configuration of two rows of three. The Missile can simultaneously  engage the multiple aerial targets with more than 600 mph speed.

The LY-80/HQ-16 Medium Range Air Defense System consists of Solid State S-Band Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA) Radar, Multiple L-Band Guidance and Tracking Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA) radar and IBIS-150 Three Dimensional Search Radar.

These radars comes with different configurations can easily find the hostile aerial targets to an altitude up to 400 to 10,000 meters. The L-band Tracking PESA radar has a range of 100 Kilometers, while the range of S-Band PESA radar has a maximum range of 150 Kilometers in total.

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GENERAL QAMAR BAJWA IS STANDING IN FRONT OF NEWLY ACQUIRED HQ-16 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM
GENERAL QAMAR BAJWA IS STANDING IN FRONT OF NEWLY ACQUIRED HQ-16 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM

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According to the Defense Analysts, the LY-80 Low to Medium Range Surface to Air Missile System is basically a ready to fire SAM system, which is capable to shoot down drones, helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and modern jets.

This HQ-16 SAM system can engaged up to 6 aerial targets simultaneously up to the height of 50,000 feet and a range of 40 Kilometers.

One Battery of the LY-80 Medium Range Air Defense System can easily cover the area up to 8,000 Square Kilometers.

It is worth mentioning that PAKISTAN ARMY has tested the LY-80 Surface to Air Missile System (SAM) back in 2019 in the two-week long Al-Bayza 2019 Exercise.  Now, PAKISTAN ARMY has re-deployed the SAM system is a clear indication that the initial testing of the LY-80 Medium Range has been completed and the system is ready for operation.

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