Friday, September 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Pak deploys UAVs on border
Tribune News Service

Ferozepore, September 19
Pakistan deployed complete unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for surveillance of border areas in the first week of September as the standoff between India and Pakistan continues.

Intelligence sources said here today that the UAVs were developed recently by the Integrated Defence System (IDS), the nodal agency of Pakistan in developing an infrastructure to design and develop indigenous weapons systems.

The UAV technology has been deployed to provide commanders with near-real time reconnaissance and surveillance information and electronic combat support at little or no risk of damage to personnel.

The technology is now advancing at such a pace as to allow the UAV to function in other air power roles such as electronic combat, strike and air defence in either a totally autonomous mode or as remotely directed from airborne or surface stations.

The UAVs are a low cost and safe alternative to manned platforms for performing tasks hazardous or demanding during hostile situations.

They further revealed that currently the IDS was engaged in the production of advanced UAV systems, anti-armour bomb (Hijara), cluster bomb unit (combined effect munition), star fish naval ground mine and other defence systems.

The Aerodynamics Division of the IDS has also succeeded in developing the right combination of services and help find solution to aerodynamics flow problem. This division carried out a complete flow modelling and gave the right equation for external aerodynamics and hydrodynamics before the application of this technology.


LoC not to be international border: Advani

Mumbai, September 19
Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today ruled out the conversion of the Line of (LoC) Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir into an international border to resolve the dispute between India and Pakistan.

“Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has already rejected the proposal”, Mr Advani told reporters at Centaur Hotel after addressing BJP workers.

“India is ready to hold talks with Pakistan only if the neighbouring country gives up its activities of sponsoring cross-border terrorism”, he said.

Mr Advani expressed happiness at the voter turnout in the first phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir. PTI

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