Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Pakistan Bulk Buying Chinese Version Of MQ-9 ‘Reaper’ Drones From Beijing – Reports

As India-China tensions turn into an ugly stalemate at the LAC, a new report has rung alarm bells for the Indians – but this time from its western border.

Amid US-China Row; Japan To Militarize Mage Islands With Stealth F-35 Jets

Several reports surfaced on Monday claiming that Pakistan may deploy Chinese CH-4 drones near the Line of Control (the de-facto border between Pakistan and India in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh) to strike Indian assets deployed in the region.

According to the information given by intelligence sources claimed by the Indian news outlet Zee News, Pakistan may be in process of procuring and fielding the CH-4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from China in big numbers.

Zee quoting its sources also claimed that a 10-member Pakistani team led by Brigadier Mohammed Zafar Iqbal reached China to oversee the procurement process from Aerospace Long-March International Trade Company (ALIT).

India, Russia Could Sign Whopping $15 Billion Inter-Governmental Defence Agreements

It was also revealed that Brigadier Iqbal had earlier visited China in December 2019 for the factory acceptance test of the first tranche of Cai Hong-4 (CH-4) for which delivery was to commence in 2020.

The UAV, which is deemed to be a Chinese copy of the American MQ-9 “Reaper” drone can carry 6 weapons on its hardpoints and a payload of up to 345 kgs. While the armed version CH-4B exists, the unarmed CH-4A is a long-endurance medium-altitude drone.

Rafales, F-16s In Danger As China Develops New Munitions That Can ‘Paralyze’ Enemy Airfields

The aircraft is not stealthy and is reportedly capable of firing air-to-ground munitions from a maximum height of 16,000 feet. China has already confirmed the export of the armed Wing Loong-II drones to Pakistan earlier in 2018.

As the US assists China’s rivals like India, Taiwan, and Japan with the latest state-of-art weapons, the move of supplying Pakistan with high-technology drones is seen as a response to this strategy. “China is helping Pakistan to do so”, said the source.

Featured

UN Under Fire For Leaking Info On Uighur, Tibetan & Hong-Kong Activists To China

The UN Human Rights Office is under fire for sharing the names of Chinese government opponents, including Uighur activists, Tibetans and Hongkongers, who took...

Indian Air Force Bets Big On Russian Jets; Set To Acquire More MiG-29, Su-30 MKI Fighters – Reports

The Indian Air Force is set to procure 21 MiG-29s and 12 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets from Russia. This development comes after the Indian...

UK, Germany, France Warn Iran Against Starting Work On Nuclear Program

Tensions between Iran and the EU nations including the UK, Germany and France have reached a fever pitch over Tehran’s decision to accelerate nuclear...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Condemns Attack On Female Judges; Urges Taliban To End Violence

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a statement said the terrorist attack and continued violence is contrary to Islamic guidance and urged the Taliban to...

Why Pakistan Keeps Calling India’s Ruling Party BJP’s Parent Body RSS A Terror Group?

Pakistan has urged the United Nations Security Council to designate India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) -- the parent organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata...