In an impressive fire power display, live weapon firing was conducted by Pakistan Navy’s Fast Attack Craft (Missile), PNS Himmat in the North Arabian Sea. PNS Himmat fired indigenously developed Harbah Naval Cruise Missile, which is a surface-to-surface anti-ship missile with land attack capability. The missile accurately hit its target signifying the impressive capabilities of Harbah Naval Weapon System. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the firing while onboard PNS Alamgir. The successful live weapon firing has demonstrated the credible fire power of Pakistan Navy and the impeccable level of indigenization in high-tech weaponry achieved by Pakistan’s defence industry. This is a clear manifestation of Pakistan’s resolve to achieve self-reliance in this field. Chief of the Naval Staff expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy Fleet units and commended the efforts of all those involved in achieving this significant milestone successfully. He emphasized the need to capitalize on indigenous defence capabilities and reduce reliance on foreign countries.
PNS Himmat is also an indigenously built Fast Attack Craft Missile, FAC(M) commissioned in 2017. This is the second in series of Azmat Class FAC(M) project, which Pakistan Navy has initiated in pursuance of its vision of sustained self-sufficiency through collaboration. The first of these boats was PNS Dehshat, commissioned in 2013. With their extremely maneuverable platforms, FAC(M)s, primarily are intended for hit-and-run strike operations. Azmat Class FAC(M) is also a manifestation of ‘Pak-China Friendship’ in the true sense, as Chinese yards have not just built one boat in China but helped Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works to install a complete structure for building up of further FAC(M)s in Pakistan on the basis of self-reliance. On the occasion of successful missile firing, Chief of the Naval Staff reaffirmed the resolve of Pakistan Navy to ensure seaward defence of Pakistan and safeguard national maritime interests at all costs. He also appreciated the efforts made by the engineers and scientists in making Harbah Naval Weapon System project a success.
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