Pakistan Navy commissions PNS Himmat fast attack missile craft

The Pakistan Navy has commissioned PNS Himmat, its third Azmatclass Fast Attack Craft (Missile) on Friday, July 28 at Pakistan Navy Dockyard Karachi.

The ceremony was attended by Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of the Naval Staff.

The ship, build by Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KS&EW), has been undergoing sea trials since September.

The vessel will join its sister ships, PNS Azmat and PNS Dehshat, which were acquired from China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company (CSOC), the trade arm of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) as part of an order for four FACs in 2010.

Eventhough, PNS Himmat is based on the Azmat FAC, it  has an “indigenously built missile system.” PNS Himmat has a dual triple missile launcher identical to the one planned for the fourth FAC(M) while the first two vessel in her class have dual quad-cell C-802 anti-ship missile (AShM) missile launchers. The forward-mounted twin 25-mm cannon of the Azmat and Dehshat is replaced by a new remote-controlled stabilized turret, possibly the Aselsan STOP, in Himmat.

The Azmat-class FAC has a displacement of 560 tonnes and is 63 m in length. It has a maximum speed of 30 knots. With a cruise speed of 18 knots, the Azmatclass FAC can reach 1,000 nautical miles. The vessels are manned by a crew of 15.

KSEW also announced that the Pakistan Navy signed contracts for 1,900-ton offshore patrol vessels (OPV), one 3,000-ton survey vessel and two fast-response boats (for Pakistan Customs) in the previous fiscal year.

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