Air Platforms

Analysis: Pakistan's 'indigenous' UAV, missiles may not be as homegrown as claimed

26 March 2015

The Pakistan Army announced on 13 March that it had successfully fired the indigenous Barq laser-guided missile from a NESCOM Burraq unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Initial analysis of a video of the missile firings released by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) agency suggests a striking resemblance of the reportedly indigenous Burraq UAV to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) CH-3 UAV. IHS Jane's reported in 2010 that China was preparing to deliver 20 CH-3s, along with the CASC FT-5 65 kg-class 'small diameter bomb', to Pakistan in 2011.

Further analysis of the video has shown that not only is the provenance of the UAV questionable, but also that of missile and the validity of the firings.

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