Sea King Helicopter Anti Ship Missile AShM Update: The Pakistan Navy successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile from its Sea King helicopter in northern Arabian Sea on Saturday the 23rd September 2017.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah witnessed the Sea King Helicopter Anti Ship Missile AShM firing demonstration, a press release issued by the navy said.
The Sea King Helicopter Anti Ship Missile AShM fired from the Sea King helicopter into the open sea successfully hit its target.
According to the navy spokesperson Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said:
“The successful firing demonstration of Sea King Helicopter Anti Ship Missile AShM was a testament to Pakistan Navy’s war preparedness and professional capabilities.”
The naval chief also visited the fleet units stationed in the sea and witnessed the sea exercises being carried out by naval fleet.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of Naval Staff appreciated the professionalism and high morale of the personnel. He reiterated the resolve of the Pakistan Navy to ensure country’s seaward defense and safeguard maritime interests at all costs.
“I am proud of Pakistan Navy fleet’s war preparations.”
The Pakistan Navy in May received the seven surplus Westland Sea King multi-role helicopters it had ordered from the United Kingdom (UK) in 2016.
About Anti Ship Missile (AShM)
Sea King Helicopter Anti Ship Missile AShM are guided missiles that are designed for use against ships and large boats. Most anti-ship missiles are of the sea skimming variety, and many use a combination of inertial guidance and active radar homing. A good number of other anti-ship missiles use infrared homing to follow the heat that is emitted by a ship; it is also possible for anti-ship missiles to be guided by radio command all the way.
The first anti-ship missiles, which were developed and built by Nazi Germany, used radio command guidance. These saw some success in the Mediterranean Theater in 1943–44, sinking or heavily damaging at least 31 ships with the Henschel Hs 293 and more than seven with the Fritz X, such as the Italian battleship Roma or the cruiser USS Savannah. A variant of the HS 293 had a TV transmitter on board. The bomber carrying it could then fly outside the range of naval AA guns and use TV guidance to lead the missile to its target by radio control.
Many anti-ship missiles can be launched from a variety of weapons systems including surface warships (they can then be referred to as ship-to-ship missiles), submarines, bombers, fighter planes, patrol planes, helicopters, shore batteries, land vehicles, and conceivably, even by infantrymen firing shoulder-launched missiles. The term surface-to-surface missile (SSM) is used when appropriate. The longer-range anti-ship missiles are often called anti-ship cruise missiles.
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