Pakistan showed its Bayraktar TB2s during an Air Force exercise
ISLAMABAD ($1=228.97 Pakistani Rupees) — For the first time since their acquisition, Pakistan displayed its Bayraktar TB2s. This happened on September 28th during a Pakistan Air Force exercise. The Pakistan Air Force exercise was intended to showcase Pakistan’s air defense capabilities.
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At this time, neither Pakistan nor Turkey has disclosed how many of the unmanned Turkish flagships have been delivered to Islamabad. Pakistan also did not disclose how many of those delivered achieved operational combat capability. It is known that in the middle of this year Islamabad had purchased the Turkish drones. Satellite images of PAF Base Murid showed at least one Bayraktar TB2.
The September 28 exercise was the first officially documented use of Pakistan’s Bayraktar TB2s. Zahir Ahmed Baber Sidhu of the Pakistan Army was in charge of the exercise. He visited the ground control station for controlling the Turkish drones. The senior Pakistani officer said that the role of drones today is extremely important. According to him, Bayraktar TB2 “has the leading role as force multipliers”.
Pakistani sources said the exercise was conducted to assess the compatibility of the unmanned aerial vehicles with the Pakistan Air Force and their integration “into the operational structure of the PAF”.
Bayraktar in last two years
Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 drone has made a name for itself in the defense industry over the past two years. The main reason for this was the successful opposition to Russian weapon systems in several conflicts – Libya, Syria, and now in Ukraine.
Bayraktar TB2 is becoming one of the most convertible weapon products in international markets. Already 16 countries operate this drone, two countries are in the process of concluding a contract, and 16 countries are in the process of considering whether to purchase the Bayraktar TB2 at some stage. Among them are countries such as Great Britain, Finland, the Baltic states, and half of the Balkans, including Romania and Bulgaria.
PAF are improving their combat capability
With the Bayraktar TB2 in its inventory, the Pakistan Air Force is gradually beginning to emerge from the crisis that the Air Force had fallen into years ago. Good news recently arrived from Washington, which has guaranteed support for Pakistan’s F-16 Fighting Falcons. Last but not least, Pakistan is producing its fighter jet in cooperation with China – JF-17 Thunder, which is currently up to the Block 3 version.
Last but not least, Pakistan is involved in Turkey’s TF-X fifth-generation fighter program. The news was officially announced in February this year by Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries [TUSAS], and Rizwan Riaz, Vice Marshal of the Pakistan Air Force [PAF].
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