China has unveiled the first ZDK-03 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft for the Pakistani Air Force (PAF).

The ZDK-03 is a sophisticated AWACS aircraft, which is fitted with advanced sensors and a communications suite.

In 2008, the PAF signed a contract with China Electronics Technology Group for the joint development of four ZDK-03 AWACS aircraft configured to Pakistan’s specifications.

PAF chief Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman said the ZDK-03 AWACS will strengthen the PAF’s capabilities to maintain peace in the region.

Suleman said the AWACS was part of the PAF’s overall strategy of transforming itself into a lean and technologically advanced air force.

The PAF has also received two of four Saab-2000 AWACs aircraft ordered from Sweden, according to the Pakistan Observer.