September 10, 2015

Pakistan Joins Exclusive Drone Club, With Nod to China

Featuring Kelley Sayler

Source: Bloomberg

Pakistan this week became the world’s fifth known country to use an armed drone in combat, and it can probably thank China.

Laser-guided missiles fired from the Burraq armed drone killed three "terrorists" in a mountainous region near the Afghan border on Sunday, according to Pakistan’s military.

The U.S., Israel, United Kingdom and Nigeria have previously used armed drones in combat, according to publicly available information. France, Iran and the United Arab Emirates possess the capability but haven’t exercised it, according to an October studyled by Michael C. Horowitz, an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read the full article at Bloomberg.


  • Kelley Sayler

    Former Fellow, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Kelley Sayler is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she worked with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and the Future of Warfa...