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Pakistan Tests Own Armed Drone

Pakistani Army chief Raheel Sharif
Pakistani Army chief Raheel Sharif

Pakistan says it has successfully tested a homemade unmanned aircraft equipped with a laser-guided missile.

The military said on March 13 that the drone, called Buraq (flying horse), can hit static and moving targets with "pinpoint accuracy in all weather."

Army chief General Raheel Sharif said the testing of the aircraft and the Barq (lightning) missile was a "great national achievement and momentous occasion."

Sharif said the new drone "multiplies capability against terrorists".

Pakistan has long asked the United States to share the technology required to run its own program to develop unmanned aircraft.

Islamabad publicly opposes incursions of U.S. drones into Pakistani airspace to target Taliban and other militants along its northwestern border with Afghanistan.

Based on reporting Reuters, AP and dpa