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Dubai Airshow 2011: Google Earth assists Pakistan Air Force in border operations

13th November 2011 - 13:35 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Dubai, UAE


The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was forced to use Google Earth to plan its early missions against militants fighting in the border regions with Afghanistan.

Speaking on the eve of the Dubai Airshow, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleiman, chief of the Pakistan Air Force, told delegates that at the beginning of its counter insurgency operations in the Bajaur Agency region in August 2008, the air force did not have the intelligence-gathering capabilities it needed for detailed mission planning.

As a result, it had to resort to use Google Earth software to plan the missions.

'It was not very useful,

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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