Pakistan’s debt is increasing, revenue is constantly decreasing but Pakistan is ignoring all this and moving towards buying more drones from China and Turkey.
New Delhi. Pakistan, which is facing economic challenges due to empty treasury, is not deterring from its antics. The Imran Khan government of Pakistan is busy procuring advanced weapons to the armed forces to create turmoil in its neighboring country Afghanistan and create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir of India.
Pakistan’s debt is increasing, revenue is continuously decreasing, but Pakistan, ignoring all these, is moving towards more poverty to buy drones from China and Turkey.
According to intelligence sources, the Pakistan Air Force is acquiring additional two Wing Loong-II unmanned aerial vehicles, a ground control station and other related equipment for $44.4 million. Developed by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, the Wing Loong-II is a remotely controlled UAV used for surveillance, aerial reconnaissance and precision strikes. It has long range strike capability with satellite link.
According to defense experts, the drones will enhance Pakistan’s capabilities in the backdrop of India buying the Russian S-400 air defense system, which is expected to enter service later this year.
The Pakistan Air Force has received a commercial offer for these drones from the National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation of China. CATIC, a Chinese representative of the aviation industry in the global market, has agreed to supply the equipment by July 2022.
Presently, PAF has 3 Wing Loong-II UAVs in its inventory, which have been acquired with AG-300 missile system in 2020-21 and deployed one of them along its western border with Afghanistan. While the remaining two are deployed to guard the new base of the People’s Liberation Army Navy at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Gwadar port.
India is buying US made MQ-9 Reaper
India is going to buy 10 US-made MQ-9 Reaper or Predator B armed drones for its Army, Navy and Air Force. A government source said the Defense Acquisition Council, headed by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, is likely to take a final call on the $3 billion deal next week.
Kargu: Turkey’s kamikaze drone
Turkey has been a leader in armed low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles. Drones have proven their capabilities on the field and are reshaping battlefields and geopolitics.
Drones were used in several recent regional conflicts in which they were seen hunting down armored vehicles and air defense systems with near-perfect accuracy. Drones saw action in Syria, Libya and wars between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
According to sources, Pakistan has shown interest in Turkey’s kamikaze drone ‘Kargu’. The Kargu has a range of 10 km and can carry six rockets. A remote station can be used for up to ten drones at a time. Recently, Turkey signed an agreement for the export of Kargu drones.
Dr. Ali Bakir, Turkish analyst and assistant professor at Qatar University’s Ibn Khaldon Center, tweeted- “#Turkey signs 1 deal to sell its autonomous rotary-wing attack #Kamikaze Drone (#Kargu). Name of the country was unknown. Delivery will take place in 2021. Kargu can function both as a platform as well as part.
STM Defense, the maker of the kamikaze drone, said in a tweet-
We are proud to announce that #KARGU is ready for delivery to an export customer. In service with the Turkish Armed Forces for over three years, #KARGU is now ready to support our friends and allies around the world. #AlwaysOnDuty #STMDefence @SSB_Eng,
Kamikaze drones – also known as suicide drones – eliminate the enemy through self-destruction. These drones are similar to missiles and carry explosives.
Matrice 300 RTK Drone
The Pakistan Army has also received an offer to acquire DJI’s Matrice 300 RTK drone with Genmuse H20T series quad sensor, payload and enterprise advanced drones. The proposal was forwarded by Karachi-based tech firm ABM Satuma. The Matrice 300 RTK has a flight time of up to 55 minutes, support for up to three payloads and six simultaneous directional sensing and positioning systems.
S-250 MUAV Testing
According to sources, the Pakistan Army is also keen to buy MUAVs of hybrid specifications. A team of ABM Satuma has trained 13 Pakistani Army officers. Intelligence agencies said that the Pakistan Army has operated a mini unmanned system, the Supercam S-250, in the Muzaffarabad airspace from July 7-17. It is considered one of the best unmanned aerial vehicles in terms of tactical and technical characteristics and is suitable for border areas.
These Supercam S-250 Mini UAVs are being used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance exercises. These mini UAVs can stay in the air for about three hours and have a range of 150 km. According to sources, trials are being held in Bahawalpur, Turbat and Muzaffarabad from July 26 to August 13. Currently, the Pakistan Army has five systems of S-250 Mini UAVs (one system means two UAVs).
Joint Venture in the Loitering Munition Domain
Deployment of Loitring Munitions including China’s State Aerospace Long-March International Trade Company and Pakistan Army WS-43, CH-901 and ZT-39VTI is in talks for cooperation in research and development and a joint venture.
Pakistan Army has requested 4-5 of its members to visit ALIT China from 17-22 August this year. According to defense experts, these drones are being procured by Pakistan from China and Turkey to enhance their capabilities against India and Afghanistan.
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