The Pakistani Navy has reportedly conducted a successful test-firing of a shore-based anti-ship missile (AShM) from a coastal site in the Arabian Sea, as part of efforts to further strengthen the country’s seaward defence.
Known as Zarb, the missile is reported to have hit the surface target.
The range at which the missile was fired was 300km, and is compliant with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), an international legal framework that monitors commercial missile and drone sales on the global arms market, according to a report by Quwa.
Pakistan Naval Staff (Operations) deputy chief vice-admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that with the successful test launch, the weapon has been inducted into the Pakistan Navy’s arsenal.
According to Abbasi, the missile would further bolster the seaward defence of the country and contribute towards peace and stability in the region.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah said that the test firing of the missile implies Pakistan Navy’s continued efforts to overhaul their artillery to address the security challenges in the present maritime scenario.
The missile has been developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), and is speculated to be a C-602 variant considering the fact that it was launched from a coastal battery, according to a report by Quwa.