Pakistan Navy and Air Force jointly conducted long-range anti-ship cruise missile firings in North Arabian Sea, demonstrating its fire power and combat readiness.
Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman witnessed the live weapon firing on board Pakistan Navy Ship Nasr on Monday.
The missile firing was conducted by JF-17 fighter aircraft and Pakistan Navy Ship Saif — a multi-mission F-22P frigate.
The joint drill conducted on the final day of Exercise RIBAT-18, which focused on validating war strategies in the face of evolving multi-faceted threats.
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 the weapon systems but also manifests the extended range of Joint PN-PAF Sea-Air operations and desired synergy between the two services,” according to the statement issued by Pakistan Navy.
Chief of the Air Staff was received by Chief of the Naval Staff on board PNS Nasr, a combat logistic support ship.
Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Abbasi expressed his satisfaction on operational readiness of Pakistan Navy fleet and commended officers and men for their professionalism and devotion.
The Admiral added that Pakistan Navy is transforming into a strong and formidable force fully capable of protecting and advancing the national maritime interests and undertaking international responsibilities across the Indian Ocean.