Pakistan’s Navy has successfully carried out test firing of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) at Karachi, demonstrating the country’s naval combat readiness.

The air defence units of the Pakistan Navy showcased the its war preparedness through Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD) live firing of these missiles.

The spokesperson for the Pakistan Navy said that the missiles hit their targets successfully.

This event was witnessed by the chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammed Amjad Khan Niazi, who was briefed on the Pakistan Navy’s operational readiness with the induction of SAMs and developments being undertaken to boost security.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Navy also held steel cutting ceremony of Hangor Class (Type 039B) Submarine 5 at Karachi shipyard.

Capable of attacking several targets at a time, this submarine forms part of Pakistan’s agreement with China for eight submarines.

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Construction of the eight submarines is being divided between Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.

Out of the eight submarines, four will be built at Karachi shipyard.

The first of the new submarines constructed in China is expected to be delivered to the Pakistan Navy by next year.

Construction of the four submarines in Karachi is expected to last until 2028.

Type 039B class is the third member of the Type 039A series.

The Type 039A too features the same tail design as that of Type 039 (Song class) with a single shaft and four diving plane.

These eight Hangor Class submarines will more than double the count of fleet of submarines of the Pakistan Navy.