Pakistan Test Fires Laser-Guided Missile from Drone

The Pakistanis reportedly test fired a laser guided missile from an airborne drone built in Pakistan last week.

The missile, called the Burq, was fired Friday from the Burraq, an all-weather drone, Pakistani Maj. Gen. Asim Salim Bajwa said on Twitter.

Pakistan officials said weaponizing a drone marks a significant upgrade for its young drone fleet that had only flown surveillance missions. A retired Pakistani air marshal told the The Express Tribune that mounting the missile to the drone proved to be one of the biggest challenges for the Pakistani engineers.

Pakistan leaders said the weaponized drones will serve counter terrorism missions. Of course, the U.S. and Pakistan diplomatic relationship has suffered as the U.S. drones have fired missiles carried in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Burraq looks very much like China’s CH-3 unmanned aircraft. The cannards and short body are stand out features.

About the Author

Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman is the executive editor at Tandem NSI and a contributor to He can be reached at
  • Lance

    This would be BIG news….. If it was 1980!

  • Curt

    Looks a lot like a Vari-Eze

  • Guest

    It wasn’t reported that it hit the target or whatever it was aiming at. Shall we assume that it did?

  • Guest

    Well this is going to be interesting to see if they take this, then make a different/more heavy duty drone.

    Rather than smaller steps.


    Thats not a big deal. India is going to fire Nirbhay from Su-30 MKI. You can see here…

  • Bob

    C’mon DefenseTech! Is this all you can report?

  • Juuso

    Bigger news would be the recent sighting of Chinese CH-4B UCAV’s in Iraq.

    • GI dude

      How innovative of the Chinese! What a unique design!

  • Cataldo

    The bases of these exploit were posed by Pakistan in 2006-2007, when he signed an important agreement with Finmeccanica regarding the Selex ES Falco and Falco EVO, an agreement with a substantial transfer of technology and know-how to Pakistan, with the start of UAV production in Kamra, these agreement involved small radar deployment too, as the PicoSAR.
    Pakistan has thus developed its UAV technology independent both from the USA and China, and now can import only the needed pieces of the puzzle ;)

  • Tad

    I don’t think this is that big a deal because this capability has little use in contested air-space such as in an India-Pakistan war. Oh sure, this thing can pop terrorists, just like US drones, but US drones will also be useless in a true war against a peer enemy. Jamming and other EW will render them mostly useless unless one upgrades the drone’s internal EW capabilities to a level that makes them too expensive to risk.

  • Ali

    pak takes a great step against to make strong defence authorities that lead to remove the terror in pak nation state and operation “Zarb e Azab” to.

  • Riceball

    Been there, done that. Color me impressed when someobdy develops a manned plane that can launch a drone that can launch a missile. :D