Army, air force induct first fleet of indigenously developed drones

Army and Air Force induct fleets of the indigenous UAVs 'Burraq' and 'Shahpar'


Web Desk November 25, 2013
Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (L) handing over replica of indigenously developed surveillance capable UAVs formally inducted in Pakistan Armed Forces to Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (R). PHOTO: ISPR

The armed forces announced on Monday that they had inducted the very first fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the Army and the Air Force.

According to a release from the Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) announced that the first fleet of strategic drones, 'Burraq' and 'Shahpar', had been inducted into the forces. Both of the drones were produced indigenously.

The military described the induction as a “landmark and historic event,” where a “very effective force multiplier has been added to the inventory of the armed forces.”

“In the future these UAVs could also be gainfully employed in various socio-economic development projects, as well,” it added, hinting at the possibility of using drones in non-combat settings and for civilian use.

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 Lieutenant General (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, and senior officers from armed forces, scientists and engineers.

General 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.

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