Pakistani Air Force has started the production of pilotless drones, days after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani pressed the US to transfer the sensitive technology for a more potent type used by the American military to target the Taliban.
According to details issued by the PAF, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra has commenced producing the pilotless planes Falco UAV in collaboration with Selex Galileo of Italy, the Geo TV reported.
During the meeting of US envoy to the region Richard Holbrook on August 17, Gilani had asked the US to provide drone technology to Pakistan to enable its armed forces to take action against terrorists.
Aeronautical Complex chief Air Marshal Farhat Hussain said pilotless Falco UAV highly important for the country’s defence, adding the production of the planes will greatly add to the professional capabilities of PAF.
Farhat said Pakistan is now a member of the club of countries manufacturing drone planes.
The system will be used mainly for aerial reconnaissance and information gathering, although the PAF will later also induct UAVs equipped with weapon systems to carry out offensive operations.