When Drones Sting Pakistani Skies

by Noc Team on March 24, 2010

Contributed by Hamza Tariq Rathore
 What is a drone? Where did it come from? Can we destroy them and stop them from attacking our Land of Pure?

Lakin mujhay pada kia us daas ma tu na

Jis daas ka insaa ha ghulame pa razamund

Or are we just compromising with our existence?

Drone is a male honey bee that performs no work, and produces no honey. Its only function is to mate with the queen bee. It is characteristically sting less. But US Drones in Pakistan’s have been stinging the territorial integrity since 2004. This article is a fact sheet about US drones. Why these armed machines are transgressing our national boundaries and despite sheer capability we are unable to pose a single threat.

Before going into the subject lines we need to understand the exact capability of DRONE system and its components.

Without the limitations of a human pilot, UAV drones have the ability to stay airborne several hours without landing or refueling. Some can stay airborne for up to for 40 hours, although around 20 hours is more typical. Reconnaissance UAV drones are equipped with just about every type of camera, radar, and sensing equipment imaginable that sends data to the commanders in real-time via satellite and radio links. It doesn’t matter how dark it is or how bad the weather may be, the enemy can’t hide. During take-off and landing, drone is controlled by a local ground station called the Launch and Recover Element. Once airborne it is controlled via satellite by the Mission Control Element

Its also note worthy that right from 2004 to 2010 US is continuously modifying this technology and the proof is tantalizing. Initially a drone system MQ-1 PREDATOR was used in all operations in Pakistan. General Atomics Aeronautical RQ-1 Predator UAV was designed as a reconnaissance UAV Drone. The R stands for Reconnaissance and the Q means that it’s an unmanned aircraft. When the aircraft was fitted with 2 Hellfire missiles it became the MQ-1 Predator. The M stands for multi-role. The Predator UAV is equipped with a laser designator to identify targets for laser guided missiles from other aircraft or from its own Hellfire missiles. Since Hellfire missiles are supersonic and the UAV Predator is stealthy, the enemy has little if any warning of a strike. The enemy literally doesn’t know what hit them!

The laser guided missiles allow for surgical strikes that minimize civilian casualties. A specific room of a building can be marked for a pinpoint strike!

Specifications

Payload: 450 pounds (204 kilograms)

Speed: Cruise speed around 84 mph (70 knots), up to 135 mph
Range: up to 400 nautical miles (454 miles)
Ceiling: up to 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)
Armament: two laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles

Predator-MQ1

The second most important consideration is the improvement of US drones. Currently a new drone system has been introduced by US for more effective operations in Northern Areas of Pakistan, its “MQ-9 REAPER”

MQ-9 REAPER

The MQ-1 was so successful that a bigger, better, and faster “Hunter-Killer” version was developed. Carrying up to 15 times more weight and flying 3 times faster than the Predator, the MQ-9 Reaper is the first UAV specifically designed not only for hunting, but also for killing? It is capable of towing an arsenal of both air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. The Reaper can identify and remove a threat in a matter of seconds without having to scramble a jet! It is only a matter of time before manned jet fighters are a thing of the past. Reapers are also being used domestically. An MQ9 can identify a heat signature from a human body from an altitude of 10,000 feet! Unarmed Reapers are now successfully being used to patrol the US Mexico border.

Specifications

Payload: 3,750 pounds (1,701 kilograms)

Speed: cruise speed around 230 miles per hour, (200 knots)
Range: 3,682 miles (3,200 nautical miles)
Ceiling:
up to 50,000 feet (15,240 meters)
Armament: Combination of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, GBU-12 Pave way II and GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

Reaper-MQ9

Keeping in view the speed element [215 km/h to 400km/h maximum] these drone are slow flying machine that can be a duck shot for approximately any SAM [Surface to Air Missiles] system used by Pakistan Army and air force. Even a shoulder launched SAM is one of the most effective solution against such threats. Following is list of SAM systems that are being used by Pakistan Armed forces and that can take these drones out very effectively.

FIM-92 Stinger

The FIM-92 Stinger is a personal portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile developed in the United States and entered into service in 1981. Used by the militaries of the U.S. and by 29 other countries, the basic Stinger missile has to-date been responsible for 270 confirmed aircraft kills

Anza

Anza is a series of shoulder-fired, man-portable surface-to-air missiles produced by Pakistan. Guided by an infra-red homing seeker, Anza is used for low level air defense. On 27 May 1999, the Anza Mk-II was used to attack Indian aircraft during the Kargil conflict with India. A MiG-21 and a MiG-27 of the Indian Air Force were shot down by Anza

RBS-70

RBS 70 is a Swedish missile system designed for combat in all climate zones and with little to no support from other forces. It uses the RB 70 missile which is also in use in a number of other Swedish missile systems.

All three SAM systems can easily destroy drones with 95 to 99% hit probability in a matter of seconds. There are many other ways that Pakistan army can shot down these drones either by Anti Air Craft guns or newly purchased missiles systems.

Now I leave the toping of this discussion on readers

Can we destroy the Drones?

It is difficult to accept but we are living life of slaves, where leadership is a far fetched idea.

{ 3 comments }

Rizwan March 24, 2010 at 11:43 PM

I think people should raise funds and develop ANNTI-DRON systems at their own….

Sabeeh March 25, 2010 at 2:33 AM

I remember that while answering a question raised by journalists, our former Air Chief Marshal “Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed” said : Yes!! We can hit drones, it is not a big job for us, but the problem is that once we will hit drone, next time US will send fighters among with drones and then we will have a war with America. And Government has to decide about this.

Hamza March 25, 2010 at 4:50 AM

Well Sabeeh… if we can hit drones we must do that….. I prefer to die with respect rather to live with Cancer

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