Pakistan test fires indigenous armed drone ‘Burraq’

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan has successfully test fired an indigenous developed armed drone “Burraq” and a laser-guided missile “Barq” on Friday, Army spokesman said.

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa, on Twitter said that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif witnessed the test fire on static and moving target with ‘impressive pinpoint accuracy in all weathers and multiplies capability against terrorists’.

The Army Chief commended engineers and scientists for their untiring efforts to acquire an state of the art technology that can put Pakistan in a league of its own.

He termed it a great national achievement and momentous occasion, adding that the new technology would prove a multiplier in the ongoing anti-terrorism campaign and operations.

Gen Raheel also congratulated the nation, scientists and technicians involved in developing the indigenous drone.

“Let’s join hands to take Pakistan forward in our respective fields,” he added.

The test has taken Pakistan a step closer to acquiring the technology it has long demanded from the United States.

The US has run a controversial drone programme against militant hideouts in northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan since 2004.

Pakistan publicly opposes the missile strikes by US drones, terming them a violation of its territorial sovereignty and has long asked the US to give them the technology required to run their own programme.