Tuesday, December 7, 2010

PAKISTAN NAVY Invites Bids for Fixed Wing and VTOL UAV

Pakistan Navy has floated tenders to international companies for invitation of bids for both VTOL Shipborne and Fixed Wing Long Endurance UAV's. A total of 4 UAV's with 4 ground control stations for each type has been invited. Navy has already trialed & evaluated Camcopter S-100, APID and Falco UAV systems in the past. Naval HQ had purchased the locally made Uqab Fixed Wing UAV System from GIDS last year for US$3 million! The tender is scheduled to be opened by the Directorate of Purchase (Navy) on 22 November 2010. Navy has budgeted around US$10 million for the VTOL and around US$5 million for the fixed wing UAV types.

However & according to the current financial crunch in Pakistan, it is highly unlikely that the budget allocation for these purchases will be approved by the Ministry of Defense!


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