Pakistan’s Shahpar and Burraq UAVs just entered Army and Air Force service; their Navy is in trials. I’ve seen claims that Pakistan won’t arm them… but I don’t buy that for a second. First, the Shahpar is clearly based on China’s CH-3, which is armed. Second, sub- and full-scale displays went public, arms at their wings. 3rd, Pakistan’s predicament begs for hunter-killer patrols. Says analyst Usman Shabbir, of Pakistan Military Consortium:
It is important in a sense that it greatly cuts the gap from detection to shoot… Earlier, once you detected something and wanted it taken out you had to pass on the imagery to higher ups, who had to approve and allocate resources like aircraft and by the time the aircraft got there the bad guys were long gone. Now detect, make decision, shoot and go home — all in same loop.
One kill, and they lose all sympathy. This, after admitting US drone kills were exaggerated.