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In first, Pakistan uses locally-made drone against militants

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In first, Pakistan uses locally-made drone against militants

Pakistan's first locally manufactured armed drone aircraft is loaded on a vehicle during the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 23. (File photo: AP)

By AFP | Islamabad
Monday, 7 September 2015

Pakistan’s military on Monday said it had for the first time used a locally-manufactured drone to target a militant compound in its restive northwestern border region, killing three insurgents.

Pakistan announced the successful test flight of the ‘Burraq’ drone, which is capable of delivering laser-guided missiles, in March, joining a handful of other countries including the U.S., China and Israel in possessing the technology.

“1st ever use of Pak(istan) made Burraq Drone today. Hit a terrorist compound in Shawal Valley killing 3 high profile terrorists,” Pakistani military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.

The Shawal valley, situated in the lawless North Waziristan tribal district that borders Afghanistan, has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting between Pakistani forces and the Taliban since the launch of a massive military operation there last June.

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The area is off-limits to journalists and it was impossible to verify the military’s claims independently.

The U.S. has run a controversial drone program in Pakistan’s tribal areas since 2004, which Islamabad has officially opposed and termed a violation of its sovereignty, though leaked documents in the past have shown the two countries worked together.

Recent U.S. drone attacks in areas also targeted by Pakistan’s military have also raised speculation of collusion.

Islamabad had also long sought to acquire drone technology from Washington in order to carry out the attacks itself.

Pakistan has been battling Islamist groups in its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2003 after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan caused Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters to flee across the border.

Last Update: Monday, 7 September 2015 KSA 11:23 - GMT 08:23
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Pakistan claims first airstrike with indigenous UAV
Farhan Bokhari, Islamabad - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
08 September 2015

A screen capture from the March 2015 footage showing a successful test-firing of an apparently inert Barq missile. Source: Inter Services Public Relations

The Pakistan Army on 7 September claimed to have successfully used an indigenously built armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to target a Taliban location for the first time.

Major General Asim Bajwa, chief spokesman of Pakistan's armed forces, said in a Twitter post that "a terrorist compound was hit and three militants were killed" in the Shawal valley of north Waziristan close to the Afghan border. He added that the air strike was carried out by the indigenous Burraq UAV.

The strike was the first time that a Pakistani UAV had demonstrated an offensive capability in the battlefield, departing from the country's known use of UAVs for reconnaissance purposes.

Pakistani defence officials have previously told IHS Jane's the Burraq and Shahpar UAVs, both of which can be armed, were designed and built in country, although few technical details have been revealed.

Analysis of the two UAVs' platforms shows a close resemblance to China's CH-3 UAV. In 2010, IHS Jane's reported that 20 CH-3s were to be delivered to Pakistan in 2011.

"Pakistan has a close working relationship with China for joint development of military hardware. In the past, China has helped Pakistan fill the gap and I suspect this is what has happened again with the latest [UAV] too," a senior Western defence official told IHS Jane's .

Pakistani officials have previously admitted to IHS Jane's that the country made several requests to the United States to purchase UAVs but were repeatedly rebuffed.



A senior Pakistani government official told IHS Jane's in March that 12–16 Burraq UAVs have been manufactured and that the army plans to eventually acquire up to 24. (Inter Services Public Relations)
Pakistan claims first airstrike with indigenous UAV - IHS Jane's 360
 

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Something is telling me that there is a JV behind the scene.
 

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If the EO module is installed on a Gunship then Barq missile could be integrated and used as an ATGM.

Barq seems to be closely related to AR-1 missile which has a range of 10km. The EO module is Zumr-1 (EP) which has a range of 20km for laser range finder.
 
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