Pakistan has taken delivery of LY 80 air defence system on 12 March, according to Inter Services Public Relations press release. The induction ceremony of the system was held at the Army Auditorium. Capable of tracking and destroying variety of aerial targets at low and medium altitude, the Chinese mobile air defence system is expected to increase Pakistani Army’s response capability to current and emerging air threats. The relevant contract, covering six LY-80 (also known as HQ-16) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, was inked in 2014, with a contract value of $373 million.
LY-80 missile is guided by a semi-active radar-homing (SARH) seeker and able to hit targets of an altitude from 400 to 10 thousand meters.