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The Pak­istan Army has in­ducted the Chi­nese LY-80 (HQ-16) medium-range SAM sys­tem into ser­vice. Is­lam­abad has placed two sep­a­rate or­ders for the sys­tem hav­ing or­dered three HQ-16 sys­tems and eight IBIS-150 radars in 2013-14 for $225.77 mil­lion and $40 mil­lion re­spec­tively. This was fol­lowed up in 2014-15 with a $373.23-mil­lion or­der for six ad­di­tional HQ-16 sys­tems. As per Army Recog­ni­tion, HQ-16 has a max­i­mum range of 40 km and is ca­pa­ble of en­gag­ing tar­gets at an alti­tude of 400 me­tres to 10,000 me­tres. The HQ-16 sys­tem com­prises an IBIS-150 3D tar­get­search radar, a solid-state S-Band pas­sive elec­tron­i­cally-scanned ar­ray (PESA) radar with a range of up to 150 km, mul­ti­ple L-Band track­ing and guid­ance PESA radars, and six-cell ver­ti­cal mis­sile-launch­ers. How­ever, the China Aero­space Long-March In­ter­na­tional states that the LY-80 has a max­i­mum range of 70 km.

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