The Pakistani Navy has deployed two anti-submarine warfare helicopters procured from China at the southern port city of Karachi.

The Z9EC helicopters are the first batch of a series of six helicopters to be acquired under a contract signed with the China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation.

Z9EC helicopter is made to operate from Zulfiquar Class F22P frigates, being built by China and Pakistan for the Pakistani Navy, and incorporates on-board sensors and weapons capable of supporting fleet operations under multithreat environment.s

The choppers are designed to detect and destroy submarines, and are equipped to carry torpedoes as well as pulse compression radar, low-frequency dipping sonar, radar warning receiver and doppler navigation systems.

Pakistan’s chief admiral Noman Bashir said the country was committed to maintain the quality of naval platforms and to enhancing the capabilities of the navy’s aviation wing.