Pakistan Navy inducts Harbin Z-9EC Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters from China. The induction ceremony was held at Naval Aviation Base. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir was the chief guest on the occasion. This is the first batch of the series of six helicopters to be procured as per the contract signed with China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC). Z-9EC helicopters have been built according to the specific requirements of Pakistan Navy and are capable to detect and destroy submarines. The aircraft is configured to carry torpedoes and is fitted with state of the art Pulse Compression Radar, Low Frequency Dipping Sonar, Radar Warning Receiver and Doppler Navigation System. Naval Chief said that these days the Indian Ocean is experiencing intense activity and around 100 ships from different countries are operating at all times for safeguarding their interests. These extraordinary developments are an indicator of the importance of the trade routes in these waters. Pakistan Navy is also conducting continuous deployment of ships and aircraft to guarantee guarding our maritime interests. Commenting on the regional stability, he denied being part of any arms race but expressed resolve to maintain quality in naval platforms and enhancement of capabilities in consonance with the developments in the region. He also expressed his full confidence in Chinese technology and termed it compatible to Western. Pak-China relationship is time-tested and would further be strengthened with such defence collaborations like F-22 P frigates and Z-9EC helicopters projects, he added. Earlier in his welcome address, Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Asif Sandila highlighted salient features of Z-9EC project. He apprised that apart from China, Pakistan is the first country that would operating these helicopters in Anti Submarine Warfare role. Later, the helicopter made fly and staged demonstration of its characteristics and maneuverability. The ceremony was attended by the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhao Hui, representatives of M/s CATIC and a large number of senior naval officers and Aviators of Pakistan Navy.
Pakistan Navy Inducts Z9EC Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopters
Posted by Web Editor on Nov 6th, 2010
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