Pakistan Finds Faults in Chinese-made UAS
- The faults in Chinese-made UAS’ has been damaging Pakistan’s military capability, said a Bangladesh based think tank. A critical part of Pakistan’s military capability has run into serious trouble with the UAS remaining on the ground due to crippling defects within days of induction.
- According to Ourtime BD, three armed drones, designed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group of China and sold by China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), were inducted into Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in January 2021.
- These aerial combat drones are part of a larger deal between Pakistan and China to co-produce 50 of them in Pakistan.
- According to the think tank the problem is mainly due to lack of service and maintenance provided by the Chinese firm. CATIC has so far been indifferent to calls for repair and maintenance of the grounded drones.
- Also, according to the think tank, there are failures with regards to the system’s GPS / navigation system. Two of the three drones experienced repeated GPS failures during test flights and had to be grounded.
- Equally serious problem was the leakage of nitrogen from EO/IR cameras mounted on the UAVs, which rendered Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) systems useless.
- Serious faults were also detected in High-Performance Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).
- Another critical failure has been that of SATCOM in some of these drones during launch and take-off stage. On the ground, the SATCOM antenna failed during the Site Acceptance Test (SAT).
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