Harry wrote:Arun, should'nt it be possible to easily reverse engineer a target drone like the Chukar into a cruise missile? This is what Israel did with the Northrop Chukar-I IAF and got the Delilah. With the Chukar-III, you could acheive something between 600 and 1000 km. The IN and IAF should still operate Chukar-IIs. (looks very similar to the Tomahawk)
I agree. Chukar-III uses and engine with a thrust of 135 Kg, and range of 2000Km. OTOH Tomahawk engines thrust is 270 Kg IIRC. I would agrgue that Chukar's engine could be used to power an under-rated Tamahawak istyl Ba..bur. BUT even to do that Pakistan on its own does not have the capablity to system integrate much knowhow for control system, guidence and sensors. Forget about engine metullergy. And of course forget about using anything from crashed Tomahawak.
So that leads to Samar Mubarakmand who is seen in the photo and claimed father of this project. Those who recall Mubarakmand, he is the logistic project maanger to get Chinese weapons into Pakistan with custom paintwork done by indigineous pakitanis. This is true for both getting Chinese M11 missile and calling it Shaeen and Chinese Nuclear warheads that were tested in in hurry as Chagai-2 after AQ Khan's BUM (made of U-235) fizzed. This is Mubarakmand's current shipping project from China.
Again in these photos one see Chairman of Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Ehsan-ul-Haq. Why not Mushy? From reports looks like General Ehsan-ul-Haq has created his own constitutuncy in Jihadi's, ISI, USA.
But then why test now?
Clearly it has more to do with local Puki Politics than anything else. Interestingly this happens when Mushurraf is on his knees in the media over Puki involvemment in London bombing, Egypt bombing, Ayodhya attack, escated terrorism in Kashmir, US forces in Afganistan chasing and killing terrorists on Puki soil, Maulana Fazl-ur Rahman threateing to expose & spill the beans. With General Ehsan-ul-Haq creating his own power center, Mushy's grip in power is eroding. Add to that US State deptt giving a clean chit to the Puki Baa..bur test indicateds hand in glove approval, to pump up Mushy's and awaam's moral. But then why does Mushy boast of missile capable of nuclear payload?
This missile clearly cant be useful against India given all the technical support and sophisticaltion required. It can't be armed with Nukes because of meaning role. So in its current form all it could be used for it against Waziristan, and Unkil already knows it can't carry Nukes (For it has taken the marbels away).
I sense either Mushy is close to end of rope gasping for every trick in the bag to keep awaam by his side, or a very sinsiter Chinese move to show a thumb to USA by explicit show of Chinese cruise missile in Puki stable.