April 24, 2018 — The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched.
In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an 8×8 transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at the Jinnah Naval Base in Ormara, Balochistan Province, as part of the recently conducted naval exercise ‘Sealion III’.
The missile, which was fired by the PN’s Naval Missile Regiment under the Naval Strategic Force Command, successfully hit its intended target, said the publication without providing further details about the test or the system.
Pakistan is raising a dedicated ” Task Force-88″ for maritime security of the country’s newly-built Gwadar port and the CPEC. Its navy is gearing up to shoulder greater responsibilities (which is set to grow in the coming years) to ensure the protection of growing maritime trade and to provide security to its sea lanes.
Pakistan Navy’s new fleet tanker completes first sea trials
The Pakistan Navy’s new fleet tanker ‘Moawin’ with underway replenishment capabilities has conducted its first sea trials.
The platform is on track for delivery in 2018 and will replace an older vessel of the same name ‘Moawin’.
The 158 m vessel sailed towards the Indian Ocean from the Port of Karachi under its own power in late-March 2018 as part of the trials, and the ship is undergoing further tests to validate its performance parameters ahead of an expected delivery in 2018.
Keel for the tanker was laid down in March 2014 and the platform was subsequently launched by Pakistan’s state-owned company, Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW), in August 2016.
The project is a collaboration between the Pakistani Ministry of Defense Production, which has appointed KSEW as the country’s build partner, and Turkish technology and systems engineering house Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM).
The vessel, which will be in service as PNS Moawin with pennant number 39 once commissioned, has an overall length of 158.4 m and displaces approximately 16,400 tonnes at full load. Moawin has a top speed of 20 kt and will be in service as Pakistan’s largest-ever indigenously built naval ship.
The platform has two deck cranes and two replenishment-at-sea (RAS) masts, one each on the port and starboard sides, which allows it to refuel two vessels simultaneously via the alongside connected replenishment (CONREP) method.
The vessel also features a flight deck to support vertical replenishment (VERTREP) operations, and this can accommodate a single aircraft such as the Sea King helicopter to facilitate the transfer of stores between ships. For improved visibility, at-sea replenishment operations can be coordinated from a separate superstructure built amid ships.