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.