Pakistan Conducts Successful Test of Cruise Missile
On December 14, Pakistan conducted a successful test of an enhanced version of the indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile. Babur Weapon System version-2 incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 km. It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art navigational technologies of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and all-time Digital Scene Matching & Area Co-relation (DSMAC) which enable it to engage various types of targets with pinpoint accuracy even in the absence of GPS navigation. Babur Weapon System is an important force multiplier for Pakistan’s strategic defence.
The launch was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee congratulated the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone of great significance. He appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed to the success of the launch.
Expressing his full confidence in the Strategic Command and Control System and the Army Strategic Forces Commands’ operational preparedness, CJCSC stated, “This test has further strengthened Pakistan’s deterrence capability”. The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan congratulated the scientists and engineers on the successful conduct of the missile test.
گزشتہ دنوں NUML لاہور کیمپس کی جانب سے ’’ایک دن پاک فوج کے ساتھ‘‘ کا اہتمام کیا گیا۔ جس میں تقریباً سو سے زائد طلباء و طالبات نے شرکت کی۔ سب سے پہلے طلباء و طالبات ’’یادگار شہداء‘‘ پر گئے اور شہداء کو خراجِ تحسین پیش کیا۔ اس کے بعد شرکاء کو محفوظ شہید گیریژن لے جایا گیا جہاں انہوں نے کمانڈو ایکشن اور فائرنگ کا مظاہرہ دیکھا۔ بعدازاں طلباء و طالبات کو نمائش میں رکھے گئے ہتھیاروں کے بارے میں بریف کیا گیا۔
Participants of National Security Workshop Visit HIT
A National Defence University delegation comprising 8 faculty members and 75 participants including senators, MPAs, bureaucrats, technocrats, ambassadors, officers from the three services and representatives of civil society visited HIT on 10 Nov 2015. Inauguration ceremony of series production of Tank Al-Khalid-1 was performed during the visit. The delegation showed keen interest in the production process and keenly involved themselves in shop floor activities.
PNS SAIF Participates in 5th Joint Pak-China Naval Exercise at Shanghai
Pakistan Navy Ship Saif (FFG-253) participated in 5th PN-PLA(N) Bilateral Exercise held at Shanghai, China. Upon arrival, the ship was received at sea by Chinese Navy (PLA (N)) Frigate Jingzhou off port Wusong, Shanghai. An impressive welcome ceremony was held in which senior officials of Shanghai Naval Base along with Defence Attaché and Naval Attaché of Pakistan received the ship.
During the stay at the port, the Commanding Officer PNS Saif called on senior civil/military officials including Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Fan Yufei and Commander of Shanghai Naval Base, Rear Admiral Wang Jianxun. An overwhelming response from Chinese authorities was received during the reception dinner onboard PNS Saif. Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Mr. Masood Khalid, co-hosted the event along with the ship’s Commanding Officer. A large number of guests representing civil/diplomatic/military communities in Shanghai attended the dinner.
PN-PLA(N) Bilateral Exercises were instituted in 2014 when Pakistan and Chinese Navies conducted inaugural joint exercise in Pakistani waters of North Arabian Sea. The second exercise of the series was conducted in East China Sea in year 2015 whereas both third and fourth exercises were held in beginning and at the end of year 2016 in North Arabian Sea. Now the 5th exercise of the series has been conducted in Chinese waters off Shanghai wherein PNS Saif and frontline warships of PLA(N) along with air and subsurface assets participated to carry out joint drills and naval maneuvers to develop interoperability between the two Naval Forces. Observers from both navies were also exchanged to learn and benefit from each other’s professional experiences. In addition, marine teams of both PN and PLA(N) also held joint training and tactical drills.
The visit of PNS Saif to China and conduct of 5th PN-PLA(N) Bilateral Exercise will further strengthen friendly and professional ties between the two important navies of South-West and Far-East Asia regions. The exercise will help in developing combined response by PN & PLA (N) in the face of conventional as well as asymmetric threat to maritime interests of both countries.