It is now an open fact that defence production industry is using and indegenising contemporary technologies to achieve self-reliance in manufacturing different weapon systems for the armed forces. Addressing the students and faculty at Jinnah Auditorium of National University of Science and technology, Chief of Air Staff Mujahid Anwar Khan emphasised the need for investment in latest generation technologies and their indegenisation. The Air Chief also dilated upon the challenges faced by country in the 5th generation hybrid warfare, launched by the enemy with evil designs. He said, “PAF is ever ready for a befitting response to any misadventure by the enemy and is striving to make the country’s defence invincible.”
The defence production industries have regularly moved forward to induct and indigenize the latest technologies. Production of JF-17 thunder multirole fighter aircraft, main battle tanks and heavy guns have made impregnable the defence of the country. The downing of Indian fighter aircraft in February last year is noteworthy example PAF cutting edge over the enemy. However, the country also needs the induction of latest civilian goods technologies, to which the Air Chief has drawn the attention of engineers and scientists. The industrial base of the country is stuck in second generation technology.
It is a popular theory among the defence analysts that modern warfare will not be fought with guns alone but also with cyber technology. This technology is increasingly being used by India against Pakistan from its social media platforms and mainstream media. The novel technologies such as cyber-attacks and bioterrorism will reign over the arena of battlefield. Pakistan will have to create a niche for itself in the cyber space.