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Pakistan’s Defense Industry goes UAV

Updated Jan 2010! Courtesy: South Asia Investor Review and Pakistan Daily

U.S. Army Gen. William Westmoreland is reported to have said: “On the battlefield of the future, enemy forces will be located, tracked and targeted almost instantaneously through the use of data links, computer-assisted intelligence and automated fire control. … I am confident the American people expect this country to take full advantage of its technology–to welcome and applaud the developments that will replace wherever possible the man with the machine.” It seems that this vision from the 1970s is being realized today. One manifestation of it is the development and deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles by many nations, including Pakistan.

Pakistan’s indigenously developed unmanned aerial vehicle, Uqaab, whose final flight was tested and successfully conducted in March 2008. All design parameters were successfully validated, and the performance of Uqaab can be compared to any modern state of the art UAV, according to an army statement. Flight test was preceded by a series of trials in 2007 and is a reflection of Pakistan’s technical prowess in the field of UAV technology.

The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has handed over one dozen Predator-type unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), PAC Chairman Air Marshal Khalid Chaudhry said in January 2009. He said Pakistan had acquired the capability to manufacture UAVs and had initiated indigenous production.  “We will manufacture more UAVs indigenously, keeping the PAF’s requirements in mind”. [Link]


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