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Pakistan to Upgrade F-16s with Turkish Air-to-Air Missiles

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BOZDOGAN

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is set to receive a significant upgrade with the acquisition of the BOZDO?AN short-range air-to-air missile (WVRAAM) developed by Turkey. This move, announced after a meeting between Pakistani and Turkish military officials, signifies a further deepening of military cooperation between the two countries.

The BOZDO?AN, replacing Pakistan’s older AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, boasts advanced features like a high-resolution Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker head, resistance to electronic warfare, and high maneuverability. Its 25-kilometer range and Mach 3 speed offer enhanced capabilities for air-to-air combat. Notably, the IIR seeker allows the missile to engage even cruise missiles, providing additional defense flexibility.

General ?rfan Özsert, representing the Turkish military, met with Pakistan Air Force Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, where the acquisition of the BOZDO?AN was confirmed. The meeting also highlighted the commitment to strengthen military ties through joint working groups focused on technology development and capability exchanges.

This development comes amidst growing regional tensions and a strategic partnership between Pakistan and Turkey. While the specific number of BOZDO?AN missiles being acquired hasn’t been disclosed, the deal marks a significant step in modernizing Pakistan’s air defense capabilities.

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