Havelsan exports 1st electronic warfare test & training range to Pakistan
January 5, 2011
Pakistan’s Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range (EWTTR) ceremony was conducted on January 6, 2011, Turkish defence company Havelsan reported in an electronic press release on Wednesday.
Ceremony took place in the presence of Pakistan Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, Deputy Commander of Pakistan Air Force Air Marshall Muhammad Hassan, Undersecretary of Turkish Defense Industry Murad Bayar, General Manager of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation Hayrettin Uzun, HAVELSAN Chairman of the Board Rasim Arslan, Deputy Undersecretary of National Defense Major General Nihat Kökmen, HAVELSAN General Manager Dr. Faruk A. Yarman, Head of International Cooperation of SSM Lütfi Varoglu and other senior officials in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Havelsan had already delivered the Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range System to Pakistan Air Force earlier in 2010. In July 2010 acceptance tests were successfully completed and the guarantee period was started.
EWTTR provides fully instrumented and integrated, near-real threat environment for all types of Electronic Warfare System Test and Pilot Training. Havelsan provides turn-key, original solutions to all Electronic Warfare Range needs and requirements.
EWTTR has been designed and implemented by Havelsan with no foreign licenses or support acquisition. EWTTR was delivered to the Turkish Airforce in 1999 and succesfully operated by Havelsan.
EWTTR features are:
* Various fully instrumented and integrated actual weapons systems,
* Various threat emitter simulators,
* Entirely modular structures,
* All weapon systems in the EWTTR offer the following in real-time : Data Collection, Data Recording, Visualization in 3D environment, Artillery and Missile Simulation,
* Various post-flight evaluation reports,
* Continuous development capability based on the needs and requirements.
Source: TrDefencePakistan negotiating Shadow 200 drone deal with US
January 7, 2011Shadow 200 drone
WASHINGTON: Pakistan is still negotiating a deal with the United States to acquire its own fleet of surveillance drones, and hopes to get six systems of the aircraft, diplomatic sources told Dawn.
The drone system that the two countries are negotiating about is known as Shadow-200 and is currently used by the US Navy and the Marine Corps. It is launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult and is recovered with the aid of arresting gear similar to jets on an aircraft carrier.
It is equipped with an infrared camera which relays real time videos to a ground control station. It is a surveillance aircraft and is not equipped with weapons attached to the drones the Americans use to target militants in Fata.
Pakistan originally wanted weapon-equipped drones but the Americans turned down the request, saying that so far they had not shared this technology with any other nation.
The sources who spoke to Dawn said that Pakistan was still demanding “regular drones with onboard weapons and longer surveillance range”.
The Shadow-200 system includes a ground station and four ‘birds’ commonly known as drones and costs about $40 million. It takes about 36 to 48 months to deliver a system.
The sources said Pakistan had reservations about both the quoted price and the time it took to deliver a system.
“By the time we receive them it will be too late to use them against the militants we need to subdue,” said one such source.
Pakistani negotiators, while complaining about the long delivery wait, said they realised that the procedures involved did not allow speedy delivery. “There’s need for congressional approvals, then there is a cumbersome contracting system and legal wrangles involved in the approval of funds,” said one diplomatic source.
The money will come from either the Pakistan Counter-Insurgency Fund or the Foreign Military Finances.
“We are still working out the details for purchasing about half a dozen Shadow-200 systems,” the source said.
The offer to sell Shadow-200 drones was made by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates during a trip to Islamabad in January 2010.
A US military official in Islamabad told Reuters news agency that Washington was still working with Pakistan to decide what pilotless drone system its army needed.
The Pakistani official said the United States quoted a price well above market value for the surveillance drones and was stipulating that it might take up to three years for delivery.