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Pakistan Air Force has ordered number of MBDA Spada 2000 air defence system to to meet the requirements of its low to medium air defence system.

It is likely that these systems will replace the long aged French Crotale air defence systems in Pakistan Air Force which have served well for the protection of Pakistan Air Space from enemy's intrusion.

Componenets of MBDA Spada 2000 were displayed in International Defence Exhibition, IDEAS in 2006 which attracted the attention of Pakistan defence staff.

MBDA Spada 2000 has been evaluating ever since and was in hard competition with Raytheon SL-AMRAAM and German Diehl BGT IRIS-t SL air defence systems.

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The Spada 2000 is an all-weather, day and night, highly automated, air defence system which has quick reaction time and requires very few operators to man the system.
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Pakistan has more than adequate coverage for low level air defence due to large number of MANPADs available to the units Anza MK1, MK2, MK3 which Pakistan produces locally.

Former Air Chief Kaleem Sadaat did mention Pakistan Air Force interest in the Spada 2000 air defence system in the past, however it was up until now limited to it.

The Spada 2000 is an all-weather, day and night, highly automated, air defence system which has quick reaction time and requires very few operators to man the system. The system can engage up to 4 targets simultaneously, and has the track range of 60KM while it can intercept a target at 25KM accurately.

Background Information about SPADA 2000
(Courtesy: MBDA)

Operational requirement
A system capable of protecting of vital assets from air attacks conducted in a dense ECM and clutter environment, including precision guided munitions and tactical missiles.

The MBDA solution
SPADA 2000 is a unique all weather solution for that mission. Its design comprises the following:

1. modular, flexible and open architecture for dispersed deployment of constituent units

 2. high tactical mobility and aero-transportability, through extensive use of ISO Standard modules and special built-in devices for lifting and levelling

3. fast deployment and set-to-operate, thanks to the embedded mission planning, digital map loading and processing, automatic navigation and automatic system initialisation

4. enhanced firing power and engagement envelope to counter simultaneous attacks of targets in close formation

5. capable of integrating and of tactically co-ordinating existing light anti-air weapons, such as guns.

MAIN FEATURES and ADVANTAGES
The basic SPADA 2000 configuration consists of a Detection Centre and of 2 Firing Sections (expandable to 4). Up to 10 light anti-air weapons can be managed by the system in addition to its Firing Sections.

The Detection Centre is composed of a 3D volumetric air surveillance radar having a TWS capability of up to 100 air tracks, within its 60 km range, and of an Operation Centre

The Firing Section is composed of a tracking and illumination radar with its control unit and of two Missile Launchers, with 6 ready-to-fire ASPIDE 2000 missiles each.

The tracking and Illumination radar has an effective range of 40 km, while the ASPIDE 2000 missile has an intercept envelope of over 20 km.

Status of programme
The system is in service in Spain and Italy.