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India launching combat drone program to keep an eye on Pakistan

Dawood Rehman 06:03 PM | 14 Dec, 2015
India launching combat drone program to keep an eye on Pakistan
NEW DELHI (Online) - Keeping an eye on arch rival Pakistan, India is set to launch its own combat drones or UCAVs (unmanned combat aerial vehicles) with features that will allow the air vehicles to fire missiles at enemies and then return to the home base to re-arm.

According to reports in Indian media, the Indian government is close to approving Project Ghatak, worth INR26,500 million in order to develop the futuristic “Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle” which has already been cleared by the country’s defence ministry.

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“The project is now being evaluated by an expert committee set up by the finance ministry. Once approved, Project Ghatak will be placed before the cabinet committee on security for the final nod,” the source added.

Sources further revealed that Ghatak which was an initiative of the Aeronautical Development Agency-DRDO, is likely to take at least a decade to become fully-operational.

“The UCAV will weigh less than a fighter jet since it will be more of a flying-wing in design,” the source stated.

Further, the UCAV which is considered to be one of the game-changers in modern day warfare, will be powered by a 52-kilo-newton dry variant.

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Along with UCAVs, the Indian government has allowed the upgrade of some of the existing Indian fleet of Israeli Heron and Searcher-II UAVs for the vehicles to be able to outdo their current surveillance and precision-targeting roles in combat missions.

According to reports, drones such as the ‘Predator’ and ‘Reaper’, controlled from the United States through satellites, have been time and again to fire missiles, targeting Taliban in the Pak-Afghan region.

Indian armed forces wish to instate a greater variety of drones including hand-launched and full-fledged UCAVs, at least 598 mini-UAVs in order to ensure ‘battlefield transparency’ and ‘beyond the hill surveillance’ in a 10-km radius for its infantry soldiers.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390

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