The Pakistan Navy (PN) commissioned its fourth and closing indigenously designed Azmat-class quick assault craft PNS Haibat on 31 March in Karachi. The vessel is “the primary land mark undertaking” indigenously designed by Maritime Applied sciences Advanced and constructed by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works with none international technical help. The Chief of Naval Employees emphasised that within the context of the general safety paradigm of the area, PNS Haibat will strengthen Pakistan Navy’s capabilities to reply to maritime challenges and guarantee peace and stability in Indian Ocean Area.

The Azmat-class quick assault craft (army designation: Azmat FAC(M)) is a category of missile-bearing quick assault craft, at present in service with the Pakistan Navy as of 2017. The Azmat class is predicated on the Chinese language design, Houjian class, with barely completely different modifications for the necessity of the Pakistani army. The Pakistan Navy welcomed the primary Azmat-class quick assault craft PNS Azmat again in 2012. The undertaking was collectively designed and constructed in Pakistan and China after a partnership settlement was signed between two Chinese language contractors, China State Shipbuilding Company and the Xingang Shipyard and the Pakistan-based KSEW Ltd.


Pakistan Navy Azmat-class Quick Assault Craft- Missile (FAC-M) PNS Haibat

The Azmat-class are 63 meters lengthy and have a beam of 8.8 meters with a displacement of 560 tons. Every Azmat class quick assault missile craft is powered by 4 diesel engines driving 4 mounted pitch propellers (FPPs) by means of a pair of two propulsion shafts. The propulsion system offers excessive manoeuvrability to the vessel throughout high-intensity missions. The ship has a most velocity of 30k and might attain a variety of 1,000nmi. The Azmat class vessels lack plane dealing with services as a result of their compact dimensions. Every ship can complement a crew of 12 to 14. The state-of-the-art vessel incorporates a metal hull and tremendous construction product of aluminium.

The Azmat class is put in with two quadruple missile launchers to fireside eight C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles. The C-802 is an extended-range export variant of the Chinese language-built YJ-8 anti-ship missile. The fully-automated gun mount could be remotely operated from both the management cupboard or utilizing a remotely positioned gun-sight. The CIWS provides a charge of fireplace of 4,000 to 10,000 rounds a minute and might have interaction targets inside a variety of 5,000m. Fitted with a 25mm computerized gun as the principle rifle, the Azmat class can also be armed with an AK-630 close-in weapon system (CIWS) to guard the ship from incoming anti-ship missiles and different precision-guided weapons.