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Local Tech Companies Impress at Pakistan Innovation Forum

by Nushmiya Sukhera

Pakistan’s first Formula Electric Car and an F-16 Flight Simulator, both made by two local companies have recently won awards at Pakistan’s third Annual Innovation Forum 2016 in Islamabad. “One of the three main streams of our work is about recognizing and rewarding Pakistani Innovators,” said Saad Amanullah Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Innovation Foundation. “There are many exemplary things and we must recognize those innovators so that the hands of others are strengthened.”

The Flight Simulator consists of a cockpit with realistic flight controls and instrumentation systems. It can be used to train fighter pilots without having to fly a real aircraft as well as for entertainment purposes. Its features include a triple dome projection system for flight immersion and realism, glass cockpit gauges and conventional analogue gauges for flight parameters display, replica cockpit emersion seat with adjustment, flight simulation environment. It is also adaptable for MS flight simulator, X-plane and Hawks.

“We are privileged to be the only Pakistani company that has built such products and are exporting them as well,” says Syed Muhammad Raza, CEO at System Teknologies International.

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Pakistan’s first Formula Electric car has been developed by students of Pakistan Navy Engineering College and National University Sciences and Technology (PNEC-NUST). According to a report, a 16 member team put together the car in a period of 16 months. The vehicle weighs 275 kg and is capable of achieving a top speed of 110km/h with an acceleration of 0-75 km in 4.8 seconds. Other features include lithium ion polymer batteries, a rack and pinion type steering system, single piston custom made aluminum calliper braking system and an unequal A-arm suspension system with push rods with SP-4 way dampers.

Other winners at the National Innovation Awards included Dr. Abdul Bari Khan of the Indus Hospital who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions and service to Pakistan’s healthcare and Usman Riaz, Senior TED Fellow and creator of Pakistan’s first hand drawn animation film called “The GlassWorker”.

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