Pakistan Receives Field Artillery Cannons from US

14 February 2010 (Last Updated February 14th, 2010 18:30)

The Pakistani Army has received 48 self-propelled field artillery cannons from the US at the Malir Cantonment in the southern port city of Karachi. The delivery completes a total purchase of 115 field artillery cannons by Pakistan through a US foreign military sales programme, according t

The Pakistani Army has received 48 self-propelled field artillery cannons from the US at the Malir Cantonment in the southern port city of Karachi.

The delivery completes a total purchase of 115 field artillery cannons by Pakistan through a US foreign military sales programme, according to a US embassy spokesman.

US Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan US Army Brigade General Michael Nagata said the field artillery cannons are an important part of enhancing the capabilities of Pakistan Army as it fights against terrorists who seek to destroy Pakistan.

"It is our hope that these weapons are ultimately able to play an important role in ending extremist violence and bringing peace once again to this great nation," he said.

To date, the US has delivered support for 14 F-16 fighter aircraft, ten Mi-17 helicopters, more than 450 vehicles for Pakistan's Frontier Corps, hundreds of night vision goggles, day / night scopes, radios, and thousands of protective vests and first-aid items for Pakistan's security forces, according to Xinhua.

Additional support services also include training for more than 370 Pakistani military officers in a wide range of leadership and development programmes covering topics such as counterterrorism, intelligence, logistics, medical, flight safety and military law.

The foreign military sales programme between the two nations was initiated by Pakistan in 2006.