China to sell 48 high-end military drones to Pakistan




China is set to sell 48 military drones to Pakistan

  • The Pakistani government is all set to import 48-high end Wing Loong II aerial drones from China, according to local media reports.
  • The deal is meant to presage the eventual co-production of the strike drones between China's Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group, and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra.
  • The news of the agreement comes at a fraught time for the supposed "all-weather" allies. Pakistan is currently assessing the feasibility of a number of CPEC projects.

The ink has barely dried on the S-400 air defense agreement that was struck between India and Russia last week — but already, another large military deal is taking place on the Indian subcontinent, this time between China and Pakistan.

According to a South China Morning Post report, the Pakistani government is all set to import 48-high end Wing Loong IIs aerial drones from China.

The unmanned combat aerial vehicle is considered a high-end reconnaissance technology. China has reportedly signed agreements recently to sell the strike drones to the UAE and to Saudi Arabia.

The deal, said to be the largest of its kind, comes at a fraught time for the supposed "all-weather" allies. Amid fears of falling into a Chinese debt trap (something that a large military deal would no doubt alleviate), the Pakistani government is assessing the feasibility of a number of projects under the China-Economic Pakistan Corridor (CPEC).

Imran Khan was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan earlier this year. Caren Firouz/Reuters

Last week, Pakistan decided to curb Chinese investment in a large railway project from .2 billion to .2 billion. The country has also sidestepped China and entered into talks with the International Monetary Fund for a potential bailout.

While the financial and delivery details of the transaction weren't revealed, it has been in the pipelines for some time. And is meant to presage the eventual co-production of the Wing Loong II drones in Pakistan.

Officials in the Pakistani air forces have said that the manufacturer of the drones, China's Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group will collaborate on the domestic production of the drones with Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra, a state-backed air force equipment contractor.

Interestingly, the Wing Loong II deals comes as India engages in talks with the US to buy the latter's Sea Guardian drones to add to its existing arsenal of armed drones sourced from Israel. Additionally, with its new Russian air defense system, the stage could be set for some potentially unnerving war games in the near future.





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