Amid economic crisis, Pakistan goes ahead with USD 7 billion Turkish Combat Drone

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NEW DELHI: Amidst the economic crisis in Pakistan, Turkey has delivered the first batch of cutting-edge Baykar Akinci unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) to the Pakistani Air Force.




The Baykar Akinci unmanned combat aerial vehicle comes under the high-altitude long endurance (HALE) drone category and can be equipped with ammunition.

The initial assessment is that around six to seven drones are part of the delivery package. As per the reports, this drone can fire cruise missile systems at any altitude.




The Akinci is the Turkish word for “Raider” and is said to be capable of executing air-to-ground and air-to-air attack operations.

The drone was first tested in December 2019 and its mass production started in May 2021 with its induction into the Turkish Armed Forces in August of that same year.

The combat drone is 12.2 meters in length, 4.1 meters in height, and has a wingspan of 20 meters. Its takeoff weight is 5,500 kilograms, with a maximum payload of 1,350 kilograms, and it can fly at 40,000 feet (12,192 meters).

The drone is capable of collecting and processing data from onboard sensors and cameras using powerful Artificial Intelligence features.

The economic turmoil faced by the Pakistani economy has pushed it towards the imminent risk of default. Also, the discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding a $7 billion bailout package have stalled. But, Pakistan has gone ahead with the acquisition of the Akinci UCAVs.
 

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NEW DELHI: Amidst the economic crisis in Pakistan, Turkey has delivered the first batch of cutting-edge Baykar Akinci unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) to the Pakistani Air Force.




The Baykar Akinci unmanned combat aerial vehicle comes under the high-altitude long endurance (HALE) drone category and can be equipped with ammunition.

The initial assessment is that around six to seven drones are part of the delivery package. As per the reports, this drone can fire cruise missile systems at any altitude.




The Akinci is the Turkish word for “Raider” and is said to be capable of executing air-to-ground and air-to-air attack operations.

The drone was first tested in December 2019 and its mass production started in May 2021 with its induction into the Turkish Armed Forces in August of that same year.

The combat drone is 12.2 meters in length, 4.1 meters in height, and has a wingspan of 20 meters. Its takeoff weight is 5,500 kilograms, with a maximum payload of 1,350 kilograms, and it can fly at 40,000 feet (12,192 meters).

The drone is capable of collecting and processing data from onboard sensors and cameras using powerful Artificial Intelligence features.

The economic turmoil faced by the Pakistani economy has pushed it towards the imminent risk of default. Also, the discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding a $7 billion bailout package have stalled. But, Pakistan has gone ahead with the acquisition of the Akinci UCAVs.

This Title is Wrong in the Newspaper or News Website

The IMF package which is stalled is of 7 billion USD

This UCAV deal is much smaller
Probably 100 million dollar
 

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Why did Ukrainians quickly withdrew the Turkish Drones.

This highly successful Turkish drone TB-2 Bayraktar disappeared from the Ukrainian battlefield very quickly. Initially it had a very successful operation until the Russian brought in their electronic warfare system to neutralize its electronics. They captured a few mostly intact after it fell to the ground. This drone had a very successful run in Syria two years back and defeated Armenia in their firefight. The latter two countries did not have anything comparable to strike back or neutralize TB2 electronics. The Russians had it and rendered it useless, hence it was withdrawn.

As opposed to TB2, a very basic Iranian drone ‘Shaheed’ which is only one twentieth of the TB2 cost has been more successful. The Ukrainians, NATO and US had no means to stop it except fire a $5 million missile at it. A swarm of Shaheed drones cannot be all shot-down. Some will reach their target. Even if it is inaccurate but it’s psychological advantage cannot be denied.

India is fairly advanced to build an electronic warfare system to neutralize the TB2.

By the time, TB2 or it’s newer version becomes operational with the Pakistani Army, the Indian counter will be ready. Hence Pakistan’s $7 billion deal to get the Turkish drones and its enhanced version “Akinci” is like snatching food from the mouth of its citizens just to get hold of war toys of no practical value in the face of Indian developments.

On the other hands; Indian swarm drone system has already entered the armed forces battle plans. Even suicide drones with high capability of hit are already and are in the possession of the Indian Army. A high performing Israeli drones have already rendered good service to India. It is the best surveillance drone. An Indian made “Tapas” is undergoing trials. If successful, it will enter service next year. It will be armed.

Now comes the highest order American drone MQ9 which is far more capable than Turkish or Israeli drone and will enter service in three years. Its contract is being negotiated. America in principle has agreed to supply it pending contract negotiations.

Hence, Pakistanis should ask their military leaders………. Is it worthwhile buying $7 billion Turkish drones? Can this money be spent to enhance the bankrupt country’s economy. The answer is the latter.
 

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