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INTERNATIONAL DEBUT FOR PAKISTAN’S SHAHPAR-II ARMED DRONE

Our Bureau - : Nov 30, 2021 - : 6:44 pm

The Shahpar-II armed Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is making its international debut at the ongoing EDEX. The Shahpar-II is manufactured by GIDS, Pakistan’s only state-owned manufacturer of UAVs. The Shahpar-II armed drone has a modular structural airframe design, that is made up of advanced composite and metallic hybrid structures. Company officials told Daily News, that the new UAV features an improved aerodynamic design, giving it an endurance of even
hours with a flight ceiling of 18,000 ft and max speed of 120 knots.

The Shahpar II can be equipped with 2 x air to ground munitions (AGMs), weighing 60kg each. These weapons are mounted under each wing station. Company officials said that the armed drone features an autonomous take-off and landing system, a robust autopilot scheme, user friendly and a comprehensive mission planning and management software suite, reliable data links and the capability of integrating various types of Electro Optic (EO) payloads. “We are showcasing the armed variant of Shahpar II UAV at EDEX 2021, symbolizing Pakistan’s stature in the pursuit of self-reliance and capabilities to counter all kinds of challenges. By means of effectively materializing the concept of national self-reliance, GIDS takes great pride in delivering quality products & services to the armed forces of Pakistan,” the official said.

With the Shahpar II, Pakistan has shown its capability of attaining stronger & superior defence capability in multifaceted realms including high-end systems and UAVs. The advent of military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) has transformed the entire concept of aerial operations across the globe. The concept has surpassed from airborne fighter jets, to small to medium smart/tactical UAVs, which can now engage in surveillance and reconnaissance missions in multiple domains. UAVs are also considered force-multipliers for militaries in the present arena since an effective employment of these unmanned systems in various war & peacetime situations is an overall value-addition.

GIDS is Pakistan’s largest manufacturer of unmanned systems, ranging from medium endurance tactical UAVs, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Quad Copters and a variety of short range / hand launched systems.

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