MOSCOW, August 25. (ARMS-TASS). Company "Pakistan aeronotikal Complex (PAC) today announced the beginning of production in the country components of the UAV" Falco "the Italian company SELEX Galileo, which had been ordered by the Pakistani Air Force, reported Jane's Defense Weekly.
The project is to reduce the volume of imports of components from Italy, as well as the development of production and development of advanced unmanned systems by enterprises of the national defense industry.
As stated at the opening ceremony of the project director of DAS Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan, the use of UAVs "Falco" dramatically expand the country's air force.
According to available information, currently Pakistan Air Force signed a contract to supply five sets of UAV "Falco". Each includes four unmanned vehicles, ground control station, ground data processing device, a set of spare parts, support equipment.
"Falco" used in two basic modes. The first provides for surveillance of the strategically important areas and convoy escorts. In the second mode, the UAV is used to identify groups of militants and the transfer of their location via a ground station command to ensure the defeat of Air Force strike aircraft and helicopters. When approaching drone aircraft climbs at high altitude and loitering until the attack. The apparatus is then reduced again to assess the degree of destruction.
UAVs "Falco" in the standard version is equipped with an autonomous navigation system and is able to conduct surveillance and intelligence gathering, transferring the received data in real time to a ground command center, located at a distance of 200 km, with the help of noise-stable communication system.
According to western experts, the next step in enhancing the combat capability of the Air Force will purchase shock unmanned vehicles to support combat operations, or jointly developed with SELEX Galileo armed version of the "Falco".
Pakistan has already directed the administration's request for the supply shock unmanned vehicles. The Pakistani leadership for a long time convincing command of the U.S. Armed Forces to cease the use of a drone attack to destroy targets on Pakistani territory in the border regions of Afghanistan, often because of the errors of U.S. operators are killed by shelling civilians. Get your own weapons systems would ease the tension and improve the fight against militants.
The beginning of the project "Falco" precedes planned for the end of the year rollout of the first collected in Pakistan JF-17 fighter aircraft, jointly developed by the PAC and the Chinese aircraft group "Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group." Air Force plans to acquire at least 250 aircraft JF-17, which will form the basis of the park fighter aircraft of the country.
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