Today in the morning after a long time i visited a purist forum, the first thing I came across is that there was some chest thumping and sweet distribution on Saab 2000 Awacs.
“Hey guys we have pak answer to Indian Phalcon”
“ Our vintage designs are now a match with Indian latest”
Some note pakistani verbs
Is that so? Is Saab 2000 is a pak answer to Phalcon? Is this really a Air-to-Air upmanship between IAF and PAF? The answer is no.
Pakistani can never, in future be any match to Indian, be it Saab or be it any Chinese copied fighter. And without going into all this obvious ornateness let me come to the real issue here. Why amid all the financial crisis Pakistanis are getting these Saab’s.
The answer lies in the Sir creek. Remember esteemed members THIS IS THE LAST YEAR TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE BILATERALLY , failing so then this issue under the UN Convention on Law of the Sea, will be declare disputed areas as “international waters”. So going by current deadlock we will have sir creek as an international water from march 2010.
This gives more reason to both India and Pakistan to up there maritime patrols after March 2010. India had already floated a global tender for more such patrolling crafts. Pakistan also needs such crafts for better maritime recce. This urge have been even surmounted after sea link Mumbai attacks.
Any more such acts through sea or to say “international waters” will break Pakistani defacto international deterrence. As one can see no western donaters to Pakistan showing any kind of compunction on this multi million deal, cause they know if Pakistan have to save its arse from any future Indian response (like 26/11 tho India didn’t strike Pakistan but it was really close), it has to stop all kind of illegal activites in the sea, more to Indian maritime border.
Learn that pakistan didn’t have much of control on Kajhar creek and its side of Sir creek, cause of miss in its patrolling capabilities.
Pakistani Saab’s are more of Saab 2000 MPA with spine-mounted systems for early air warnings than a out a out AWACS like phalcon or ilks. Also Pakistani AEW is not , I repeat is not a active array radar. Its no threat to Indian forces, period.
Also look at all the Saab users Sweden, brazil, Mexico, Greece, UAE and latest Thailand, all of them didn’t have any immediate adversary like Pakistan have in India. They all operate this craft as an effect maritime recce craft, as all do have serious marine illegal activites.
Here is that Pakistani Saab 2000
More over Saab 2000 is turbo propelled, tailor made system for low level sea flights.
Just take a look at its endurance graph
So i am really sorry for our Pakistani friends that there this craft is for hunting smugglers, illegal immigrant and to make sure future Kasab’s cant get to India through International waters – rather than shooting Indian sukhoi’s.