Government is all set to indigenously produce drone aircraft
Pakistan is all set to indigenously produce drones capable of carrying missiles, as the programme to develop unmanned aircraft is expected to be completed within coming months. Talking to Business Recorder at IDEAS 2014, Faisal Jahanzeb, developer of drones from Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS), a premier defence company of Pakistan, said that they had been working on drone technology for a decade and now Pakistan had finally developed indigenous drone technology, which could be compared with any developed nation including United States of America.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2014
"Presently, drone technology is being used for surveillance and development of unmanned aircraft carrying missiles is in final stage, which is expected to be completed in coming months," he added. He said that GIDS had developed tactical UAV system of multiple ranges with autonomous take-off and landing and added that it carried various types of payload integrated for reconnaissance and day and night surveillance.
Moreover, Faisal said that other features of tactical UAV system include accurate lateral, longitudinal trajectory control, mission planning, management and control, geo referencing and geo-pointing for terrestrial targets. He said that for day and night surveillance, GIDS had developed highly stabilised system 'Zumr-1 (EP), which was low in weight and small in size.
Zumr-1 (EP) has the capability to track targets either person, land or any moveable objects from the height of 20000 feet besides sending real time video and telemetry through infrared from 250km distance, he added. He answered that two different types of technologies - target the object through chip and laser guided target were being used in unmanned armed aircrafts. He claimed that GIDS was working on both technologies and in next few months, Pakistani drones would be capable to carry missiles and used for combat.