Pakistan Navy test-fired land-based Zarb anti-ship missile (ASCM) as part of a training exercise from the coastal region, the service announced on Nov. 5.
The missile successfully followed its preplanned trajectory and accurately engaged the target at sea. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the exercise as Chief Guest.
While speaking at the occasion, Admiral expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of the Pakistan Navy. The Admiral further said that Pakistan’s pursuit for peace and stability has to be taken in the context of our quest for maintaining a peaceful coexistence in the region and not to be construed as our weakness. Pakistan Navy, being a professionally competent and potent force, is fully capable of thwarting any aggression with an iron fist. He further said that the operationalization of the Zarb Weapon System is depictive of Pakistan’s strong resolve and high level of preparedness. He reaffirmed the resolve that Pakistan Navy’s personnel remain vigilant and combat-ready to guard the sea frontiers and maritime interests of our motherland.
Chief of the Naval Staff also underscored the importance of Pakistan Navy’s own initiatives of Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP) in Gulf of Aden/North Arabian Sea, Pakistan Navy’s participation in multinational Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and recent joining of Trans-Regional Maritime Network with participants from 32 navies which will greatly contribute in improving maritime security.
Chief of the Naval Staff lauded the efforts, dedication and professional conduct displayed by all participants especially the crew of missile unit, scientists and engineers for making the event a complete success.
The Zarb is a subsonic anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM), currently in service with Pakistan Navy. The missile is launched from an 8×8 military truck-based transporter erector launcher (TEL).
The missile was successfully tested on 9 April 2016 from a coastal area and it successfully engaged its target in the Arabian sea. The missile was inducted into Pakistan’s naval defense system soon after its successful test. It was again tested in April 2018 during the “Sea Lion III” exercise from a TEL vehicle.
The missile is allegedly a rebadged C-602, the export version of the Chinese YJ-62 subsonic ASCM.
The C-602 is claimed to have a range of 280 km, a 300 kg (660 lb) semi-armor-piercing warhead, and GPS guidance. The reduced range (YJ-62 has a range of 400 km) is in accordance with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) restrictions.