Pakistan to buy 48 attack drones from China: reports

Published: October 9, 2018
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Wing Loong II made its maiden flight in February last year.  

PHOTO: XINHUA

Wing Loong II made its maiden flight in February last year. PHOTO: XINHUA

Pakistan will reportedly buy 48 Chinese armed drones in what is being termed as the ‘largest such arms deal of its kind’, Chinese state-run Global Times reported.

Wing Loong II, manufactured by the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company, is a high-end multi-role reconnaissance and strike unmanned aircraft system. It can carry around 480kgs of munitions and has an endurance of 20 hours.

The addition of the drone system will greatly enhance the offensive drone capability of Pakistan Air Force (PAF). If the United States halts the delivery of Predator drones to India following the S-400 deal, the country will enjoy a decisive advantage over its eastern neighbour in unmanned weapon systems.

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It was also announced that in the future, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company will jointly manufacture the drones.

Wing Loong II made its maiden flight in February last year, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The largest overseas order for Wing Loong IIs was obtained even before its maiden flight, Xinhua reported. The report did not, however, specify the buyer.

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The current deal of 48 Wing Loong IIs, if confirmed, would be China’s largest export deal for drones to date, according to a Chinese military expert Song Zhongping.

Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group did not confirm the deal.

This story originally appeared in the Global Times

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Reader Comments (9)

  • cautious
    Oct 9, 2018 - 3:31PM

    PIA buying planes, testing ballistic missiles, buying destroyers/frigates, and now 48 attack drones. No wonder we have to borrow from IMF for the basics for Pakistan people. Recommend

  • Engr.Amir Sultan Rana
    Oct 9, 2018 - 3:35PM

    Listen. Does we need these. Why we are investing in these types of things. From where the budget for these such things are coming. Kindly follow what I am saying.

    If need to buy, just buy few. No need to buy so many.
    If at all, it can be avoided, than do not buy this.
    Security situation is getting better in Pakistan day by day than why we are going for such a investment.

    No need to go for this type of deal, which will make our budgets in constraints.

    Best of luck Pakistan.Recommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Oct 9, 2018 - 4:18PM

    The problem is with India buying Russian S-400 air defence system, any aircraft or any drone will not be able to fly in all of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Oct 9, 2018 - 5:06PM

    We should have developed our own. We hav spent so much money in institutions like AWC and others. Why there is no progress from government in building weapons capable indigenous UAV. Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 9, 2018 - 5:45PM

    I know here some ignorants will talk about IMF. Listen guys, armed drones are the cheapest mechanism of surveillance and at the same time hitting the militants in today’s time. We don’t need to send F-16 or some other fighter plane to carry out the bombings when you have such predators in the sky itself. We are already lacking behind fighter planes so best way to keep the eyes in the sky are drones.Recommend

  • Mazhar
    Oct 9, 2018 - 11:59PM

    A need of time… great step indeedRecommend

  • Ghasam Zaidi
    Oct 10, 2018 - 2:45AM

    @salman:
    Exactly, our F-16s and JF-17s can be fully deployed on our east.Recommend

  • Salman Qureshi
    Oct 10, 2018 - 8:06AM

    @cautious: My sentiments exactly.Recommend

  • test
    Oct 10, 2018 - 1:17PM

    @salman: why 40+ tough ? wouldn’t 15 or 20 be sufficient ?Recommend

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