20 Feb '12, 9am

Guns and Androids: Pakistan's military makes tablets

Guns and Androids: Pakistan's military makes tablets

In this Feb 8, 2012 photo, Mohammad Imran holds a Pakistani-made PacPad computer tablet at his electronics store in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. -- PHOTO: AP KAMRA, Pakistan (AP) - Inside a high-security air force complex that builds jet fighters and weapons systems, Pakistan's military is working on the latest addition to its sprawling commercial empire: a homegrown version of the iPad. It's a venture that bundles together Pakistani engineering and Chinese hardware, and shines a light on the military's controversial foothold in the consumer market. Supporters say it will boost the economy as well as a troubled nation's self-esteem. It all comes together at an air force base in Kamra in northern Pakistan, where avionics engineers - when they're not working on defence projects - assemble the PacPad 1. 'The original is the iPad, the copy is the PacPad,' said Mohammad Imran, who sto...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...

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