ISLAMABAD: The United States government officially delivered 48 self-propelled field artillery cannons to the Pakistan Army today at the Malir Cantonment in Karachi.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata, U.S. Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan deputy commander, officially handed over the M1095A5 Howitzer self-propelled cannons to Pakistan Army Brigadier Farrukh Saeed, 25th Mechanized Division Artillery Commander, during a ceremony in Karachi. The event was attended by Mr. Steve Fakan, U.S. Consul General to Karachi, and more than a dozen U.S. and Pakistani military representatives.

The delivery marks the completion of a total purchase of 115 field artillery cannons by Pakistan through the United States’ foreign military sales/foreign military finance program. The FMS/FMF case was initiated by Pakistan in 2006 and enabled the Government of Pakistan to obtain the cannons from the United States 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 Brig. Gen. Nagata. “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.”

During the last three years, U.S. civilian and security assistance to Pakistan has totaled more than $4 billion.

Assistance provided and delivered has included support for medical aid, school refurbishment, bridge and well reconstruction, food distribution, agricultural and education projects, 14 F-16 fighter aircraft, 10 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.

In addition, the U.S. funded and provided training for more than 370 Pakistani military officers in a wide range of leadership and development programs covering topics such as counterterrorism, intelligence, logistics, medical, flight safety, and military law.