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NESCOM Burraq

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

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HISTORY
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Overview



The NESCOM Burraq represents the first locally-developed and manufactured drone for the nation of Pakistan.
History



Detailing the development and operational history of the NESCOM Burraq Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).  Entry last updated on 5/15/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
When it became apparent to Pakistani authorities that American Predator drones would not be forthcoming through nation-to-nation sale, and Chinese offerings fell short of expected battlefield capabilities, local industry partnered with the Pakistani Air Force to deliver its first indigenous Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) in the NESCOM "Burraq". Development began around 2009 with a first flight held on May 9th of that year. Production followed a short time later and the Burraq has since been used in combat against militants in the countries northwest. A finalized form was showcased in a 2015 presentation.

The success of the armed Predator system of the United States across northwest Pakistan pushed the Pakistani government to inquire about procuring the proven platform. However, citing technology concerns, the United States government rebuffed overtures which forced a look into Chinese alternatives. After review, these were found lacking in the perceived capabilities required of the Pakistani military which led the National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) to assist the Pakistani Air Force in development of a local solution - set to utilize the strengths of the American Predator along with the familiarity of the Chinese CH-3 "Rainbow" series. The resulting design became the Burraq - named after the heavenly horse used to carry Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem.

In its original form, the Burraq lacked any armed capability and was solely used in the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) role to collect data on possible targets. In time, the product grew in both tactical value and over-battlefield capabilities, earning it an armed role. Since its inception, the Burraq has been operationally fielded in strike sorties against suspected militants helping to further distance the country from its reliance on American drone strikes on Pakistani soil and purchase of Chinese war-making goods.

The Burraq reportedly carries a single "Barq" air-to-surface laser-guided missile for its sorties (similar in mission scope to the American "Hellfire"). A conventional engine is featured for propulsion and this drives a three-bladed propeller arranged in a "pusher" configuration. A fixed, wheeled tricycle undercarriage is featured for take-off and landing via prepared runway. A well-streamlined, aerodynamically efficient fuselage houses the engine, fuel stores and avionics fit. The optics set is showcased in a ventral blister nearing midships.

The Burraq marks the first indigenous UCAV for the nation of Pakistan.




Specifications

YEAR: 2015
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): National Engineerings and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) - Pakistan
PRODUCTION: 45
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 22.97 ft (7 m)
WIDTH: 29.53 ft (9 m)
HEIGHT: 6.56 ft (2 m)
EMPTY WEIGHT: 1,102 lb (500 kg)
MTOW: 2,205 lb (1,000 kg)
POWER: 1 x Conventional engine driving three-bladed propeller in pusher arrangement.
SPEED: 134 mph (215 kph; 116 kts)
CEILING: 24,606 feet (7,500 m; 4.66 miles)
RANGE: 621 miles (1,000 km; 540 nm)
OPERATORS: Pakistan
Armament



OPTIONAL:
1 x "Barq" air-to-surface missile (laser-guided).
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Variants / Models



• "Burraq" - Base Series Name








Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (134mph).

Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Aviation Era
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Unit Production (45)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
45
45

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
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