'Pak army moving closer to inducting predator drones'

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    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan army is moving closer to inducting Predator drones with the manufacturers of the unmanned aerial vehicles getting approval for selling them to countries other than the US and its close allies, a media report claimed on Monday.

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GAAS), the US-based company that makes the Predators, told the Express Tribune that it has approval to sell an "export-approved version" of the UAV that it plans to sell for the first time to countries outside the US, Nato members, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

    GAAS spokesperson Kimberly A Kasitz said the company has applied for a licence with the US state department to begin negotiations for such a sale with Pakistan too.

    Local drone manufacturers in Pakistan, who wished to stay anonymous, told the newspaper that the development was significant.

    It is only a matter of time before Pakistan will spend millions of dollars on the product, claimed an insider. However, another industry insider from Islamabad said, GAAS was pursuing this with the US government for more than a year now and seems like they may have got the nod.


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