Pakistani Army Eyes US Shadow-200 Drone System

6 January 2011 (Last Updated January 6th, 2011 18:30)

Pakistan is in talks with the US to acquire six Shadow-200 drone systems for its army. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered to sell the Shadow-200 drones during a trip to Islamabad in January 2010. A US military official said Pakistan was still in negotiations with the US on

Pakistan is in talks with the US to acquire six Shadow-200 drone systems for its army.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered to sell the Shadow-200 drones during a trip to Islamabad in January 2010.

A US military official said Pakistan was still in negotiations with the US on the type of pilotless drone system its army required.

The Shadow-200 drone system can be launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult and recovered with the aid of arresting gear, similar to jets on an aircraft carrier.

The system is equipped with an infrared camera which relays real time videos to a ground control station and includes four "birds" commonly known as drones, according to dawn.com.

The system is currently used by the US Navy and Marine Corps.