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Published On: Thu, Mar 22nd, 2018

China sold Pakistan tracking system for missile programme

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china-pakistanISLAMABAD : : Though the China Pakistan arms cooperation and assistance has been speculated since many years now, it is the latest revelation that would have the world community perturbed.

According to some reports, the middle kingdom has provided Pakistan with an advanced missile tracking system.The powerful tracking system is likely to speed up the development of multi-warhead missiles by China’s all-weather ally Pakistan.

This was also confirmed by state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).The information was passed on to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.It was said that Pakistan had bought a highly sophisticated, large-scale optical tracking and measurement system from China.
It need be mentioned that while India’s single-warhead missiles are bigger and cover longer distances, Pakistan has focused its efforts on developing multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRVs).
China has revealed that it has sold an advanced missile tracking system to Pakistan at a time when Islamabad is looking to actively develop its military arsenal.That China is helping Pakistan militarily has long been suspected by the international community.

The sale of the missile tracking system, still, comes as solid evidence about how Beijing is trying to prop up Islamabad in a possible bid to eventually tilt South Asia’s balance of power. This sale, in particular, has significant security implications in the region as the unprecedented deal helps Pakistan gain a valuable tracking and measurement system.
This system is already deployed the “at a firing range”, for use in testing and developing its new missiles.What is the advanced missile system all about?T he system is crucial for missile testing and has high-performance telescopes with laser ranger, cameras,infrared detector and centralised computer system.

It is capable of recording HD images of a missiles’ trajectory – from being launched to all the way when the warheads are deployed.
It claims to provide cutting-edge visual information about a missile’s flight path – helping in development and application.

While details about how much Pakistan paid China to get the system has not been revealed, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has said that China is the first country to provide Pakistan with such a sensitive military equipment.
This also comes just two months after India test fired Agni-V ICBM that has a range of 5,00kilometresrs –  capable of targeting Beijing and Shanghai. The information about the deal also comes on a day when India test-fired its supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from  Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range.
Security experts and analysts mostly agree that while India is far ahead of Pakistan in terms of long-distance ICBMs and supersonic cruise missiles, Pakistan is looking at developing multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRVs) which are capable of carrying several nuclear warheads with different targets.( With Agency Inputs ).

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