Indigenous spy planes: ‘No headway in transfer of drone technology’

Published: September 15, 2011

Statement comes when Pakistan tries to secure drone technology from the US.

ISLAMABAD: 

There has been no headway in the acquisition of sophisticated technology for aerial surveillance since no developed country is willing to share it with the country, according to a written reply submitted to the Senate by Minister for Defence Production, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

The statement came at a time when the Pakistani establishment is in the process of securing drone technology from the US and demanding an end to drone strikes in the tribal belt. Pakistan Air Force had claimed that it had test-fired anti-drone technology in collaboration with the state defence corporation. Elahi’s predecessor Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi had also stated that the PAF had developed pilotless drone aircraft on its own and was consulting with the Chinese to improve their capability.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • antony
    Sep 15, 2011 - 9:55AM

    This is the most important million dollar investment pakistan need at the moment when cctv, drainage system, electricity ,gas and drinking water is a luxury .

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  • faraz
    Sep 15, 2011 - 10:02AM

    US is using drones because we have allowed them to. If we shoot down drones, US will bring up their most sophisticated fighters and bombers which will leave PAF utterly clueless. My 8 year old nephew knows from wikipedia the capabilities of F-22 and B-2.

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  • Sep 15, 2011 - 10:04AM

    yes yes yes, stop begging others to give you their best.. starting working to develop your own best… We have all the will, resources, brains we need to get anything we want

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  • Sep 15, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Drone technology leaked to TTP, Taliban, Al Qaida and so on is not a pleasant thought at all. On the bright side, by not having it to leak is actually in your favor. That would probably take relations to the point of no return and since ignorance is claimed in every such instance, it’s sort of like looking out for an impulsive child that just doesn’t know any better.

    As for threats of shooting them down and working with China, what’s new? The first is PR and the second is never realistic and/or even contradicted by China itself.

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  • woohoo
    Sep 15, 2011 - 12:00PM

    What! not even the greatestest and the bestest friend China is ready to share its technology?

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  • Pragmatist
    Sep 15, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Pakistan should seriously introspect a little more. Does it believe any nation in its right mind will transfer drone technology to Pakistan? Even the Chinese will not do it.

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  • Anserali Khan
    Sep 15, 2011 - 1:11PM

    I hope some one reads history and learns from Russia and what happened in early 1990s.
    Mother Russia inspite of large armed forces and ICBM missiles broke up into 30 plus pieces. The break up by and large was due to economic collapse and break down of governance.

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  • Sep 15, 2011 - 1:35PM

    Mard-e-Momin does not need Drones. Give us 10 horses and we will capture Delhi.

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  • Beta
    Sep 15, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Precisely this is called ‘Isolation’. Long live Pak policy of interfering another country in the name strategic depth.

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  • ajnabi
    Sep 15, 2011 - 2:12PM

    Are nuclear weapons not good enough for you?

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  • Cautious
    Sep 15, 2011 - 2:36PM

    You have got to be kidding — with all that is going on you expect the USA to provide you with some of their more advanced technology — it’s time to wake up and get a dose of reality.

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  • Hypervan
    Sep 15, 2011 - 2:36PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    You mean give up Bangladesh(E Pakistan) & 90,000 Pak soldiers!!!

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  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:09PM

    After OBL having been found in Pakistan’s backyard and reluctance to commence operations in NW, US is unlikely to oblige since there are no free lunches and especially so for Pakistan now.

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  • Hari Sud
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Spy planes; no you need peace and cooling of period.

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  • Khan
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:38PM

    @MarkH:
    No one in their right mind will ask to shoot them down … only right wing parties and their supoprters do … but I am sure you know they have never won more than a couple of seats which makes them less than 5% of total population … But i really don’t know why international media i.e New York Times etc take pleasure in showing a few dozen people burning US flag. Besides I am sure you know the majority of people hit by drones are innocent civilians .. but why should be be concerned about them .. they are not our family members are they?.
    @Zaid Hamid:
    Please use (!) in your comments to show they are sarcasm as many people take your comments seriously some times. As you might have seen replies to your comments previously.
    @ajnabi:
    Have you ever asked the same question from your own government?? I bet not .. Recommend

  • Rock
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:58PM

    @Zaid Hamid: you made mistake it has to be 10 white horses not ordinary.

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  • Pundit
    Sep 15, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Imagine if the Political Parties in Karachi had drone technology!

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  • Javed
    Sep 15, 2011 - 4:40PM

    @woohoo: the greatestest and the bestest friend China is not insane Recommend

  • Javed
    Sep 15, 2011 - 4:41PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    May I add a few camels as well.

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  • let there be peace
    Sep 15, 2011 - 5:19PM

    ………and consulting with the Chinese to improve their capability

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 15, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Pakistan has them already. They are parked at Shamsi Air base.

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  • Patrick
    Sep 15, 2011 - 7:16PM

    Yeah, forget the thousands of children suffering due to floods, we need the latest military toys more!

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  • Umar
    Sep 15, 2011 - 10:46PM

    A pakistani company is already involved in the development and export of drones from pakistan!!!
    It is unfortunate that we continue to ignore the efforts of the local companies in this regard. The video link for this is available on the website of TED Pakistan. There the speaker will tell u about the journey he took to indigenously develop drones in pakistan!!!!
    if u think drones are not the future then think again as they may be the most cost effective and deadly(plus dirty) new players in the modern warfare.

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  • SAILASH
    Sep 16, 2011 - 4:27AM

    Yes Pak should get the tecnology fm China, Just like the locomotives that u have got, they look great but do not run for long.

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