Warplanes: December 10, 2002


: On the evening of 7 December, Indian radio reported that a Pakistani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) intruded into Indian airspace over Jammu and Kashmir. The UAV overflew the area for about 15 minutes, then went back to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. It could not be targeted by security forces, since it was flying too high for the available anti-aircraft weapons and Pakistani troops started shelling Indian lines at the same time. 

The exact type of UAV is open to speculation, but Pakistan's Army has had the low-cost surveillance and target acquisition indigenously made "Vector" UAV in service since 1997. This is fitted with an 8 mm CCD color TV camera with a 120 mm motorized zoom and an optional FLIR sensor. Pakistan has also been improving their UAV and had hoped to take a quantum leap (of eight to 10 years) in their unmanned aerial vehicle technology, after examining the remains of an unmarked, Indian-operated Israeli-made "Searcher" Mark-II UAV shot down in mid-June 2002. - Adam Geibel

Pakistani UAVs illustrated, online at : 


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