Pakistan Navy Inducts Maritime Patrol Craft, UAVs
Induction ceremony of state-of-the-art Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (MPA) and tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Pakistan Navy Fleet was held at Karachi as per ISPR Navy Pakitan.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff, highlighting the role of Pakistan Navy in safeguarding the maritime frontiers and ensuring safety of Sea Lines of Communication
Induction of marinized ATR aircraft with weapons and sensors will substantially enhance operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy Fleet’s Air Arm. Moreover, induction of another ATR in cargo/ para-drop role will provide added flexibility to the Special Forces’ operations he said.
Admiral Abbassi further added that induction of LUNA NG Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Fleet Air Arm will further augment Pakistan Navy’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in maritime domain especially in Creeks areas and along the Coastal belt. The Admiral urged the crew of newly inducted ATRs & Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to make optimum utilization of these platforms in order to contribute effectively towards combat potential of Pakistan Navy Fleet.
He also highlighted that Pakistan Navy’s developmental plans include acquisition of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) in support of maritime operations, too.
Given ongoing tensions in the region and the increased concerns with expanding rivalry with India, Pakistan Navy has been active in acquisition of assets including in the air that could provide it a high degree of preemptive surveillance and deterrence.
Over the year, the Navy has been expanding capabilities in various domains ranging from exercising combat readiness, infusing maritime awareness, training and provision of assistance/ relief operations by Pakistan Navy.
An important facet is the demonstration of anti access and anti denial capabilities for this purpose apart from the surveillance that will be provided by drones missiles have been developed.
Daily Times reports that in April 2019, Pakistan Navy demonstrated credible fire power in high tech indigenously developed land attack version of cruise missile weaponry systems in North Arabian Sea. In September 2019, during Exercise ‘RIBAT’ successful multiple live missile firings were conducted to review operational preparedness and war fighting capabilities of Pakistan Navy fleet. In November 2019, Pakistan Navy successfully launched Land Based Anti-Ship Missile in pursuit of PN quest for maintaining a peaceful coexistence in the region.