Karachi, Oct.1 (ANI): The Pakistani Navy, which has acquired six Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters, Z9EC, from China, inducted the first batch of three such anti-submarine choppers into the Navy on Wednesday.
Several top officials including Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhao Hui attended the induction ceremony in Karachi, The News reported.
Interacting with media person on the sidelines of the function, Admiral Bashir said the Pakistan Navy is prepared for all challenges and that it was necessary to upgrade the naval forces in the face of intense activities in the Indian Ocean.
"These days 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 indicator of importance of trade routes in these waters. Pakistan Navy is also conducting continuous deployment of ships and aircraft to guarantee guarding the country's maritime interests," Admiral Bashir said.
he Z9EC helicopters have been specially built according to specific requirements of the Pakistan Navy and are capable of detecting and destroying submarines.
They are also capable of carrying torpedoes, fitted with sophisticated Pulse Compression Radar, Low Frequency Dipping Sonar, Radar Warning Receiver and Doppler Navigation System. (ANI)