Pakistan plans to buy 48 attack drones from China. This deal, according to the Chinese state-run Global Times, is the “largest such arms deal of its kind.” The cost of this deal has not been made public. With a length of 11 metres and a 20.5 metre wingspan, the Wing Loong II drones can carry laser-guided air-to-surface missiles.
The Chinese attack drones Pakistan is planning to buy are called the Wing Loong II, and they are manufactured by the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group. The drone is a high-end multi-role reconnaissance and strike aircraft system. It is capable of carrying 480 kgs of munitions.
The Pakistan Air Force’s Sherdils Aerobatic Team announced the deal on its official Facebook account on Sunday. The team gave no additional information, including when the deal was struck, when the drones will be delivered, or how much it will cost Pakistan. The team also revealed that going ahead, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra will jointly develop the drones.
News of the deal was announced on the Pakistan Air Force PAF Sherdils Aerobatic Team Facebook page. The unmanned Wing Loong II can be used for reconnaissance as well as combat operations. It can also be launched for disaster assessment, meteorological operations and environmental protection.