'Spy drone' downed by Pak at LoC not sold to any govt: Chinese firm

  • None, Beijing
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2015 12:39 IST
Pakistan summoned the Indian high commissioner on Thursday after an alleged spy drone was shot down in PoK although a picture purportedly of the downed airplane showed a small lightweight model of a type widely available for commercial purchase. (Picture credit: DunyaNews Twitter @DunyaNews)

The Chinese firm DJI, which reportedly manufactured the drone downed by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC), said the unmanned aircraft was not sold to any government, reinforcing the Indian government's stand that it was not a part of its armed forces' inventory. Pakistani authorities had earlier alleged that the incident was a failed attempt by India to spy.

Chinese drone maker DJI, announced that governments are not their direct customers, in response to an earlier report that the alleged Indian "spy drone" shot down by Pakistan was made by it, the Global Times reported.

Earlier in an embarrassment for Pakistan, Chinese official media, the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC)-run People's Daily Online, reported that the Phantom 3 drone was made in China by DJI, confirming Indian stance that it was of Chinese design.

The Pakistani army had shot down the drone along the LoC on July 15 claiming it was from India.

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar who refuted Pakistan's claims of shooting down an Indian drone also said that it was not included in the inventory of the Indian defence forces.

Pakistan had summoned Indian high commissioner to Islamabad TCA Raghavan to lodge a protest over it.

Chinese media's confirmation regarding the origin of the drone has put Pakistan in a fix, especially considering the close strategic relations between Islamabad and Beijing.

The Global Times report also quoted DJI as saying that it is not difficult to purchase their drones through its website or through any vendors.

DJI is a Chinese technology company founded in 2006 by Frank Wang and headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.

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