Shahpar-II is a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), designed and manufactured by Pakistan’s state owned aerospace firm “GIDS”. According to GIDS, Shahpar-II is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance that has an flying endurance of 14 hours and operate at an altitude of 20, 000 ft. This UAV is the updated version of Shahpar-I UAV, which is also designed by Global Industrial Defence Solutions (GIDS). Now, there is also an armed version of Sahpar-II, Which can carry a payload of 60 kg under each wing and can flying for 7 hours. In this article, we will talk about unarmed variant of Sahpar-II UAV.
It has a modular airframe structural design comprising of advanced composite and metallic hybrid structure with improved aerodynamic design. Some of the notable features of the Shahpar system include its autonomous take-off and landing system, a robust autopilot scheme, user friendly and a comprehensive mission planning and management software suite, reliable data links and the capability of integrating various types of EO payloads.
Shahpar-II UAV is primilarly used for target acquisition, surveillance, relief and rescue work during disaster, reconnaissance and spying.
- Endurance: 14 hours
- Data Link Range: 300 kilometers (LoS), 1050 Kilometers (BLoS)
- Height Ceiling: 20,000 ft
- Take-off speed: 80 knots
GIDS also manufactured a attack variant of Shahpar-II drone. Armed version of Shahpar-II is capable of carrying a load of 60kg under each wing. moreover, this Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) can also be armed with 3rd party munitions such as Turkish origin MAM-C and MAM-L. The armed Shahpar-II UCAV has a cruising speed of 80-85 knots with an operational flight altitude of 18,000 feet and 7 hours of flight time.