The Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday successfully tested an anti-ship cruise missile in the north Arabian Sea, said a statement released by the PN.
The anti-ship cruise missile, the C-802, was fired from both the JF-17 Thunder aircraft and an F-22P frigate, validating the concept of joint sea-air offensive operations.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the test firing from onboard PNS Nasr.
The firing was conducted by JF-17 fighter aircraft and Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF – a multi-mission F-22P frigate.
“Missiles launched from both platforms, successfully hit their intended targets which not only re-asserts the efficacy of the weapon systems but also manifests the extended range of Joint PN-PAF Sea-Air operations and desired synergy between the two services,” said the statement.
The hallmark of exercise was successful firings of C-802 AK (Air to Surface Missile) by PAF JF-17 thunder aircraft and C-802 (Surface to Surface Missile) by PNS SAIF.
Missiles launched from both platforms successfully hit their intended targets which not only re-asserts the efficacy of weapon systems but also manifests the extended range of Joint PN-PAF Sea-Air operations and desired synergy between the two Services.
The missiles were fired on the final day of Exercise RIBAT-18, which was focused on validating warfighting concepts under the evolving multi-faceted threats.
On this landmark occasion, the naval chief expressed his utmost satisfaction on operational readiness of the PN Fleet and commended officers and men for their professionalism and devotion in the line of duty.
The admiral added that the Pakistan Navy is transforming into a strong and formidable force, fully capable to protect and advance the national maritime interests and collaborate international responsibilities across the Indian Ocean.