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Pakistan Navy’s Zarb Land based Anti Ship missile – Extending Anti Access Response

Published Nov 11, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Pakistan Navy reportedly test fired land based anti-ship missile ‘Zarb’ as part of a training exercise from the coastal region.

The missile successfully followed its preplanned trajectory and accurately engaged the target at sea. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the exercise as Chief Guest.

While speaking at the occasion, Admiral expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy. The Admiral further said that Pakistan’s pursuit for peace and stability has to be taken in the context of our quest for maintaining a peaceful coexistence in the region and not to be construed as our weakness.

Pakistan Navy, being a professionally competent and potent force, is fully capable of thwarting any aggression with an iron fist. He further said that operationalization of Zarb Weapon System is depictive of Pakistan’s strong resolve and high level of preparedness. He reaffirmed the resolve that Pakistan Navy’s personnel remain vigilant and combat-ready to guard the sea frontiers and maritime interests of our motherland.

Chief of the Naval Staff also underscored the importance of Pakistan Navy’s own initiatives of Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP) in Gulf of Aden/North Arabian Sea, Pakistan Navy’s participation in multinational Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and recent joining of Trans Regional Maritime Network with participants from 32 navies which will greatly contribute in improving maritime security.

Chief of the Naval Staff lauded the efforts, dedication and professional conduct displayed by all participants especially the crew of missile unit, scientists and engineers for making the event a complete success.

Web site Quwa specialising in Pakistan military equipment comments that the Zarb bears a visual resemblance to the Chinese C-602 and could have a range of up to 300 km and warhead payload of 300 kg. C 602 is the export version of the YJ 62 cruise missile.

The YJ-62 is a Chinese subsonic anti-ship cruise missile. It is manufactured by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Third Academy.

Deployed in numbers the missile will provide considerable anti access capabilities to the Pakistan Navy protecting the long shore line.

Incidentally on 05 November, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi exchanging views with Mr Tang Qiao Liang, President of China Harbour Engineering Company ( CHEC) Ltd at Naval Headquarters Islamabad as per a photo shared by the Pakistan Navy on the Website denoting close cooperation between the two