July 18, 2015

"It appears to be of Chinese design, and is commercially available off-the-shelf."

The Economic Times In an embarrassing disclosure for Pakistan, Chinese official media today reported that the "spy" drone Pakistani army shot down along the LoC [Line of Control in Kashmir and Jammu] and claimed it belonged to Indian security forces, was made in China. via PTI

'The drone was "recognised in Beijing as the Chinese made DJI phantom 3," the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC)-run People's Daily said in a report on its website.

'Quoting Shanghai-based Observer website, the report said that the Phantom 3 advanced drone represents the most intelligent, most powerful, and most accessible drone to date.'

'Observer says the drone sells for $1,200 each. DJI is a Chinese technology company founded in 2006 by Frank Wang and headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. The firm manufactures commercial and recreational unmanned aerial vehicles for aerial photography and videography, it said.

'The People's Daily report confirming the Chinese identity of the drone may put Pakistan military in a spot considering the close and strategic ties between Islamabad and Beijing.'

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