Pakistan inducts UAVs in armed forces

Eurasia News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday inducted the first fleet of indigenously developed Strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), namely Burraq and Shahpar UAV Systems in Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“It is a landmark and historic event, wherein a very effective force multiplier has been added to the inventory of the Armed Forces,” the statement said.

“In the future these UAVs could also be gainfully employed in various socio-economic development projects, as well,” it added.

The induction ceremony was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani‚ Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt‚ Director General Strategic Plans Division Retired Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai and senior officers from Armed Forces‚ scientists and engineers.

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani‚ while appreciating the work of NESCOM scientists and engineers‚ highlighted that induction of indigenously developed surveillance capable UAVs in Pakistan Armed Forces is a force multiplier‚ and will substantially enhance their target acquisition capabilities in real time.