A day after conducting joint drills with Chinese air forces, Pakistan said that it successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile in the Northern Arabian sea on Saturday, stating that the country is prepared for war.
According to reports, the Pakistan Navy test-fired the anti-ship missile from a Sea King helicopter into the open sea, successfully hitting its target.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah witnessed the missile firing demonstration, a press release issued by the navy said.
Stressing war preparedness and the professional capabilities of Pakistan, Zakalullah said that the Pakistan Navy will safeguard the sea borders and interests of Pakistan at every cost.
“I am proud of Pakistan Navy fleet’s war preparations,” Zakaullah was quoted as saying
The naval chief also visited fleet units stationed in the sea and witnessed exercises involving the naval fleet.
The missile test has come just a day after pilots of the Chinese and Pakistani air forces conducted joint drills sitting in the same aircraft, which Chinese state-run media said was a reflection of deep mutual trust between the two militaries.
During the ongoing joint drills named “Shaheen VI”, air force personnel cooperated in planning and implementing strategies, as well as learning operational concepts and tactics from each other, state-run Xinhua news agency had reported.
Li Wengang, head of China-Pakistan joint training command office, said that sitting in the same aircraft to fight was a reflection of the deep mutual trust between the two countries and their militaries.
Chen Lei, a leader of a Chinese pilot team, said that the drill improved trainees’ skills and friendship, adding that individuals from both sides have become “buddies” after more than 10 days’ training, the report said.
The joint training between the two militaries which maintain close relations was launched in March 2011.
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