“Chinese goods” in some quarters, has been a pejorative term: It means poor-quality manufactured goods. Now, Pakistan’s armed forces could well be bigining to hold similar views. For the Chinese-made LY-80 medium-range surface to air missile systems Pakistan acquired 4-5 years ago, are not working and a team from the manufacturers is in Pakistan to repair them. Now Pakistani Army struggling with Lomad missiles.
Pakistan has little choice except to continue to buy Chinese weapons
The Chinese technical assistance team sent by the original equipment manufacturers are going to be in the places where the LY-80 Lomads are placed, including Lahore, Bahawalpur, and Gujrawala for 2-3 months to bring them back to working order. And yet, Pakistan has little choice except to continue to buy Chinese weapons – the purchase of 6 more LY-80 systems in on the anvil. There are only a few countries that will sell high-performance weapons like fighter planes or tanks to cash-strapped Pakistan. The malfunctioning Lomads would be of concerns to Pakistan considering the Balakot incident in February 2019. When Indian Air Force fighters hit a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in KhyberPakhtunkhwa in February 2019 and returned unscathed.
Pakistan’s T-80 main battle tanks are need to upgrade- Bajwa
Similarly, Pakistan’s T-80 main battle tanks are aging and General Qamar Bajwa, the Pak Army Chief, went to Ukrainian in May to see if the 320 tanks can be upgraded. The Pakistan armoured cops would be particularly concerned about the Indian Army’s T-90 and also, the indigenous Arjun tank.
Induction of that LY-80 long-range air defence weapon system has greatly en chanced the capabilities of the military’s air defence arm,” Bajwa was quoted by the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) as saying.