China plans to supply a sophisticated missile tracking system to its ‘all-weather ally’ Pakistan.
Quoting the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Hong Kong-based ‘South China Morning Post’ daily has reported that Islamabad will soon receive a powerful tracking system that could speed up the development of multi-warhead missiles by the South Asian nation.
Zheng Mengwei – a researcher with the CAS Institute of Optics and Electronics in Chengdu (Sichuan Province) – confirmed that Pakistan had bought a highly sophisticated, large-scale optical tracking and measurement system from China in the past.
Meanwhile, the CAS admitted that China was the first country to supply such sensitive military equipment to Pakistan. In a report, the Academy said that the Pak Army, which recently deployed the missile tracking system in a firing range, was using it to manufacture new missiles. This high power missile tracking system has made it easy for Pakistan to make multi-warhead missiles, which can launch a number of missiles in one go.
The daily further reported that China made a final decision in this regard after India test-fired the most advanced nuclear-ready intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ‘Agni-V’ with a range long enough to hit Beijing or Shanghai. As India’s single-warhead missiles are bigger and cover longer distances, Pakistan is concentrating on developing multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRVs). MIRV is a type of missile carrying several nuclear warheads that can be directed towards different targets.
China has emerged as the biggest supplier of arms to Pakistan that included ships, submarines and fighter jets. More than 60% of China’s military exports went to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar and another 22% to Africa.
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