Military Capabilities

Pakistan sets up instrumented weapon test range at Sonmiani

07 February 2018

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has set up an instrumented weapon test range (WTR) at the Sonmiani firing range in Balochistan Province designed to “track the complete trajectory of aircraft and launched missiles”, according to a 2 February report by the state-owned Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

The facility, which was developed with support from China, is equipped with “real-time tracking and measuring equipment to qualify the indigenously developed and procured weapon systems”, reported the media outlet citing an official press release.

To qualify the measuring equipment at the new WTR, Pakistani-built JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft shot down aerial targets using beyond-visual-range and infrared missiles.

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