Pakistan Air Force demonstrates a long range, standoff, high precision air to ground weapon. The unidentified weapon has been developed in Pakistan. It was launched from a JF-17 Thunder aircraft and the weapon is believed to be in service.
“The weapon has been developed, integrated and qualified solely through indigenous efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers,” according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“Successful trial has provided JF-17 Thunder a very potent and assured day and night capability to engage variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy,” the military’s public affairs wing said.
Pakistan Air Force successfully test fired indigenously developed extended range smart weapon from JF-17 multi-role fighter aircraft, today. pic.twitter.com/EnAFq4EV6S
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) March 12, 2019
Lauding the efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan congratulated the PAF personnel on the achievement of this monumental indigenous capability.
Pakistan Air Chief, Mujahid Anwar Khan, said it was another milestone for the country. He said if subjected to aggression by an adversary, Pakistan would respond with full force.
Till Now the name of the weapon is not disclosed But according to our sources its is new modified version of “Takbir”, an indigenously-developed glide-bomb or stand-off bomb.
— Agent? (@Gully_boy_) March 12, 2019
According to Sources, the older version of Takbir bomb was introduced by PAF at the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar. The bomb has a range of about 80 to 100 km, and it can carry 200 to 250 kg of explosive material. The bomb can be guided through a satellite or launched from an aircraft. A fighter pilot launching the bomb can add or modify information about the target. As it is fired from an aircraft, its folded wings unfold and it glides towards its target. It can dodge obstacles obstructing its path toward its destination.Its flight system is based on gliding, by using the bomb’s inertia. By using this bomb a pilot can hit their target without entering an enemy’s territory.
It is pertinent to mention here the sleek and lethal fighter aircraft JF-17 Thunder stands prominent in its own class of combat aircraft, indigenously built by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra in collaboration with China.
The JF-17 Thunder jets came into limelight recently during the hostility between Pakistan and India following the latter violated airspace of Pakistan and met with a befitting response.
The key test comes amid a tense military standoff with India, which was triggered by Indian claims of carrying out air strikes, targeting alleged terrorist camps inside Pakistan on February 26.
A day later, Pakistan retaliated with similar air strikes that led to dogfight, leaving two Indian warplanes downed. Pakistan also captured an Indian pilot but released it within 72 hours as a gesture of peace.
However, an internal assessment of the government has now concluded that the threat of further escalation in tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors is over.