Pakistan Navy has inducted the ten WS-61 Sea King medium-lift transport and utility helicopters gifted by Qatar into the Pakistan Naval Air Arm’s No. 111 Squadron. The Governments of Pakistan and Qatar have accomplished a navy sale of your complete fight fleet of Westland WS-61 Sea King helicopters of the Qatar Emiri Air Drive to the Pakistan Navy. The deal includes a complete of 10 helicopters. Deliveries of the fleet began in July 2021, and embrace 5 Mk. 3A Anti Submarine/Anti Floor Warfare variants (capable of carry two Exocet anti-ship missiles) and 5 Mk. 2 Commando (troop provider/utility) helicopters.

Pakistan Navy WS-61 Sea King Transport Helicopters

It’s pertinent to say that Pakistan Navy was already utilizing a fight fleet of Westland WS-61 Sea King Helicopters and now with the addition of this fleet, the overall power of Sea King Helicopters of the Pakistan Navy goes to twenty. Furthermore, the addition of those helicopters will even assist to spice up Pakistan Navy peace efforts within the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean Area, and the Worldwide Maritime Group. The Pakistan Naval Air Arm 111 ASW Squadron, which consists of the Sea King, is primarily programmed for missile launch functionality concentrating on dived submarines and releasing depth expenses.


Pakistan Navy WS-61 Sea King Transport Helicopters
Pakistan Navy WS-61 Sea King Transport Helicopters

The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British license-built model of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the identical identify, constructed by Westland Helicopters. The plane differs significantly from the American model, with Rolls-Royce Gnome engines (derived from the US Basic Electrical T58), British-made anti-submarine warfare programs, and a totally computerized flight management system. The Sea King was primarily designed for performing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. A Sea King variant often known as the Commando was devised by Westland to function a troop transport. Westland has produced a complete of 330 Sea Kings.

Pakistan Navy Inducts WS-61 Sea King Transport Helicopters Received from Qatar
Pakistan Navy Inducts WS-61 Sea King Transport Helicopters Obtained from Qatar

The Qatar Emiri Air Drive additionally operates Westland’s Commando variant, as an ordinary utility transport for floor forces, a single one was additionally geared up specifically to carry out VIP transport duties. A couple of Qatari Sea Kings serve in an anti-shipping capability and have been outfitted to hold, and deploy if required, two Exocet anti-ship missiles. Pakistan’s Navy took supply of six Mk.45 Sea Kings, a variant based mostly on the Royal Navy’s Sea King HAS.1 from 1975. One in all Pakistan’s Sea Kings was misplaced in an accident in February 1986 and was changed by an ex-Royal Navy HAS.5, redesignated Mk.45C, in January 1989.