LAHORE, Jan 3 (Internews): Pakistani
aviation engineers have invented a
technology with the help of which the country's aircraft and helicopters
will become safe from Indian surface-to-air missiles, news reports
claimed here Thursday.
Urdu daily Ausaf quoted defence sources as telling it that at present
only the United States, Israel and Britain have the technology.
"With this technology, the Pakistani engineers have developed a chaft
grenade - christened Salam - which makes aircraft and helicopters safe
from missiles," the report said.
"Missiles chase heat generated by the aircraft, but the temperature of a
Salam grenade would be many times higher than the heat emitted by the
aircraft; therefore, the grenade would make the missile ineffective," it
The chaft grenade Salam can also be used for two purposes, according to
"It can be used as a hand grenade by infantry. If fired from an armoured
personnel carrier, it would generate heat of 2,200 degree centigrade
that would destroy big targets and tanks," one official said.
According to the sources, for big targets like heavy artillery, two
Salam grenades are fired simultaneously. It is like a rocket-launcher
technology in which two Salam grenades can be fired from a barrel
simultaneously. They generate heat of 3,500 degree centigrade and
destroy even the heavy artillery of the enemy.
According to the sources, by using this technology, the missile follows
the heat emitted by the grenade instead of the aircraft and the aircraft
remains safe from the missile.
"India is aware of this capability of Pakistan, which is one reason why
it is reluctant to attack because in the presence of this technology,
the Pakistan Air Force would attain considerable superiority even in a
conventional war," a senior defence official told Ausaf.
According to the sources, a Salam grenade can be fired from unmanned
spying aircraft called drones at an area of 14 miles by 1.5 miles.
This would destroy all the tanks and armoured personnel carriers present
in the area, whereas all the soldiers would be killed because of the
Sources say that these grenades have been tested for quite some time and
they have been manufactured in large numbers.
According to the sources, when the United States provided Cobra
helicopter gunships to Pakistan, it had removed the chaft technology
from them. Had these helicopters gone into the enemy area without this
technology, they could have been targeted quite easily.
According to the sources, the heat emitted by an aircraft is 700 to 800
degrees centigrade, whereas the heat emitted by the chaft system is
"Pakistan has improved this system even more than the United States.
With this system, Pakistan's aircraft would not only be safe from Indian
missiles, but it has also increased the capability to attack with
hundreds of aircraft at the same time," the source said.
According to the sources, Pakistani aviation engineers have also
developed the 'stealth technology' for unmanned spying aircraft named
drones. At present, only the United States has this technology, whereas
Russia has it in initial stages.
By using this technology, even the most modern Indian radars will not be
able to see these aircraft. In the presence of the stealth technology,
this spying aircraft can be seen with eyes but not on radars. This has
made it very easy to monitor enemy's movements.
"With this technology, Pakistan has gained superiority over India, which
is why it has restrained from initiating a war," the source said.