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US gives maritime patrol boats, artillery cannons to Pak

The US today delivered 48 field artillery cannons and five maritime patrol boats to Pakistan's security forces as part of the ongoing military cooperation between the two allies in the war against terror.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2010 21:45 IST

The US today delivered 48 field artillery cannons and five maritime patrol boats to Pakistan's security forces as part of the ongoing military cooperation between the two allies in the war against terror. Brig Gen Michael Nagata, deputy chief of the US Office of the Defence Representative in Pakistan, handed over the military equipment during two separate events in the southern port city of Karachi.

Nagata handed over 48 M1095A5 Howitzer self-propelled cannons to Brig Farrukh Saeed, Artillery Commander of the 25th Mechanized Division, said a statement from the American embassy.
The M109A5 cannon is an indirect fire support weapon deployed with armoured brigades and mechanised infantry divisions and has a crew of six.

The delivery marked the completion of a deal to provide 115 artillery cannons to Pakistan under the US Foreign Military Sales programme.

The deal initiated in 2006 enabled Pakistan to obtain the cannons at a "greatly discounted rate".

"These field artillery cannons are an important part of enhancing the capabilities of Pakistan's Army as it continues to wage its courageous fight against terrorists who seek to destroy Pakistan's people and way of life," said Nagata.