China building fast attack craft for Pak

Pak navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir said the induction of the vessel equipped with advanced weaponry will supplement his country`s combat potential.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011, 15:44 PM IST

Beijing: Launching a fast attack craft being
built by China, Pakistan`s navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir
today said the induction of the vessel equipped with advanced
weaponry and sensors will supplement his country`s combat
potential.

"The environment around us warrants Pakistan navy to be
prepared to counter the forces challenging our sovereignty
as well as regional peace and security," he said at the launch
of the missile-armed vessel at Xingang shipyard at Tianjin in
China.

The missile craft construction project represents a
"quantum leap, not only in defence production in the maritime
sector of Pakistan, but also addresses a long-standing
operational requirement of the Pakistan Navy," an official
statement said.
The vessel will be the first of the Azmat class fast
attack craft, which is scheduled to be delivered to the
Pakistan navy by April next year.

Admiral Bashir expressed confidence that the induction of
the fast attack craft will supplement Pakistan`s combat
potential and give its navy an opportunity to "distinctly
uphold its forward presence in areas of interest, contributing
to balance the power equation in the region."

Pakistan is deeply committed to achieving the "shared
objectives of attaining peace, stability and prosperity in the
region," he said.
"The Pakistan-China relationship is unique and does not
draw any parallel in the world. This relationship over the
years has matured in all fields, particularly in defence," he
said, adding the current geo-political situation demands
further strengthening of Sino-Pak ties.

Bashir said he was confident that the construction of the
second fast attack craft in Pakistan will be accomplished
successfully with full cooperation from China.

The fast attack craft is equipped with advanced weaponry
and sensors, including the C802A surface-to-surface missile,
and has stealth features.

PTI