On Jaunary 9, 2017, Pakistan conducted its first successful test fire of Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur-3 having a range of 450 kilometers, from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean. The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy. Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM)Babur-2, which was successfully tested in December, last year.
Babur-3 SLCM incorporates state-of-the-art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion and advanced guidance and navigation features, duly augmented by Global Navigation, Terrain and Scene Matching Systems. The missile features terrain hugging and sea skimming flight capabilities to evade hostile radars and air defences, in addition to certain stealth technologies important for an emerging regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.
Babur-3 SLCM in-land attack mode, is capable of delivering various types of payloads and will provide Pakistan with a credible second strike capability, augmenting deterrence. While the pursuit and now the successful attainment of second strike capability by Pakistan represents a major scientific milestone, it is a manifestation of the strategy of measured response to nuclear strategies and postures being adopted in Pakistan’s neighbourhood.
The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, DG Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC), senior officials, scientists and engineers from scientific strategic organizations. The CJCSC and three services’ chiefs congratulated all the officials involved, on achieving this highly significant milestone. He also highlighted that the successful test fire of SLCM demonstrates confidence on our scientists and engineers in fostering the technological prowess through indigenization and self-reliance. Pakistan eyes this hallmark development as a step towards reinforcing policy of credible minimum deterrence.
پاک فضائیہ کے نمبر 11 ملٹی رول سکواڈرن نے انٹر سکواڈرن آرمامنٹ مقابلے جیت لئے
گزشتہ دنوں منعقدہ مقابلوں میں پاک فضائیہ کے نمبر 11 ملٹی رول سکواڈرن نے انٹر سکواڈرن آرمامنٹ مقابلہ جیت لیا۔ اختتامی تقریب پاک فضائیہ کے ایک آپریشنل ایئر بیس پر منعقد ہوئی۔ پاک فضائیہ کے سربراہ‘ ایئر چیف
مارشل سہیل امان اس موقع پر مہمانِ خصوصی تھے۔ اس موقع پر انہوں نے کہا ’’یہ مقابلے مختلف جنگی جہازوں کے پائلٹس کو فضا سے زمین پر استعمال ہونے والے ہتھیاروں کی کارکردگی کو جانچنے کا موقع فراہم کرتے ہیں۔ ان مقابلوں کا بنیادی مقصد فائٹر سکواڈرنز کی آپریشنل تیاری‘ پیشہ ورانہ مہارت اور کارکردگی کا جائزہ لینا ہے۔‘‘یاد رہے کہ اس سال JF-17تھنڈر، F-16بلاک 52اور F-16طیاروں کی شمولیت نے اس مقابلے کو خاص بنا دیا۔ مذکورہ مقابلوں کی خاص بات JF-17کی نمایاں کار کردگی تھی ۔
COAS Witnesses Passing Out Parade of Baloch Recruits
COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Quetta to witness the passing out parade of Baloch recruits. The contingent included troops of Pakistan Army, FC Balochistan and Balochistan Police.
While addressing the troops he said that it was a matter of great pride for him to be part of the ceremony and to celebrate the success and happiness of Baloch brothers. “The fully alert faces of the recurits reflecting determination and resolve are a testimony to the high training standards. Pakistan Armed Forces, FC, Rangers and the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are not only reflective of national unity but are also its custodians,” COAS said on the occasion. He also remarked that Balochistan is making significant contribution towards national integration and progress.
Chief of Naval Staff Calls on Dignitaries During Visit to Bahrain
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah called on Commander-in-Chief Bahrain Defence Forces, Commander Bahrain National Guard, Chief of Staff Bahrain Defence Forces, Commander Bahrain Coast Guard and Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) during an official visit to Bahrain.
Meetings were held with dignitaries where matters of mutual interest, including defence and security collaboration were discussed. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in the fight against terrorism in general and Pakistan Navy’s efforts for maintaining regional peace and security in particular. The dignitaries acknowledged warm and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Bahrain, based on strong foundations and historical ties. They lauded Pakistan Navy's efforts and focused commitments in support of collaborative maritime security in the region and extending cooperation in diverse fields to Royal Bahrain Naval Force.
Earlier, the Admiral had also called on Commander U.S. NAVCENT, Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan. Upon his arrival at U.S. NAVCENT Headquarters, the Naval Chief was warmly received by Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan. During the meeting, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah dilated upon matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and security environment in Indian Ocean Region. Commander U.S. NAVCENT highly appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Navy personnel and the active role being played by Pakistan Navy for maritime security and stability in the region. He said, "The near permanent presence of Pakistan Navy units in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) has greatly helped in shaping a secure environment for freedom of navigation in the region".