ISLAMABAD: The United States has approved supply of short-range, unarmed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ScanEagle to help Pakistan in intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capability in its counter-terrorism operations. According to reports, hardware and technical data will be delivered to Pakistan under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme by August 2016. It was further reported that 90% of the work will be carried out in the USA and the remaining 10% in Pakistan. Pakistan will receive ScanEagle system through a deal worth $10.52 million.

ScanEagle carries a stabilised electro-optical and/or infrared camera on a lightweight inertial stabilised turret system, and an integrated communications system having a range of over 62 miles (100 km). It has a flight endurance of over 20 hours. It is designed to provide high quality real-time ground imaging through adverse weather conditions or other battlefield obscurants.