According to China’s state-run news agency, the satellite named PAKSAT-1R launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Sichuan Province by China’s space work horse.
The satellite, which was made in China, would provide a variety of benefits, including high-power communication and weather monitoring facilities, besides strategic defence applications.
The new satellite was expected to replace PAKSAT-1, which was acquired by Pakistan in 2002 from the US-based Hughes Space and Communications Company after Indonesia had given it up due to power problems.
The 30-transponder satellite will give Pakistan strategic advantages in military and cross-border propaganda areas besides helping the country meet its communications needs, observers said.
It has been “manufactured exclusively” for Pakistan, sources said. It will work on both KU and C bands and controlled by earth stations in Karachi and Lahore.