Ground-based defence: Navy tests surface-to-air missiles

Published: December 28, 2010



Pakistan Navy successfully test fired a combination of surface-to-air missiles in Somiani on Monday.

The demonstration was witnessed by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir along with Vice-Admiral Tayyab Ali Dogar, the air defence commander, stated a press release issued here.  The SAMs provided Pakistan Navy operational flexibility. The commander marines, said that the induction of such state-of-the-art equipment would add to the Navy’s ground-based air defence capabilities against hi-tech aircraft and incoming missiles. press release

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2010.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 27, 2010 - 4:09PM

    When thousands of Pakistanis are dying from bombs that are being exploded by suicide bombers and from nature’s catastrophes such as the devastating floods, why should government spend precious money on some horrible missile ? Does it serve any purpose to the suffering people ?Recommend

  • Iqbal+Khan
    Dec 27, 2010 - 5:15PM

    People commit suicide due to hunger in our country while defense budget swells every year !!!! What a waste of money Recommend

  • Hasan
    Dec 27, 2010 - 5:20PM

    hey my fiend….this is only the deterrence strategy necessary for the country… show other countries that even we are living in suicide bombers and other problems etc but still no one from the outside can penetrate our impregnable defences…..and believe you me our enemies have a very good eye on us for any weak spot…… start thinking out of the box….almost every country is facing such problems but the peoblem is that we are exposed too much…..Try to read some international news about america, india etc and see what all problems they are facing in terms of crime, rape, decoities etc but at the same time they dont compromise on their defences…..Recommend

  • Dec 27, 2010 - 6:44PM

    M/s. Ahmad and Iqbal Khan this blogger entirely agrees with you. But due to forsaken common sense economic policies of yester years, our beloved country is now caught between the ‘frying pan’ and the ‘fire’.

    India, Israel and USA are waiting to demolish and gulp us up. This is something that will pop open champaigne bottles all over the west.

    So my dear brothers we have to swallow the bitter pill. We have dragged ourselves into an arms race. It’s not your fault nor mine but as mentioned above, the lack of economic foresight has led us to our dismal condition.

    Salams and best wishes for the future.Recommend

  • Haris
    Dec 27, 2010 - 6:45PM

    with an aggressive eastern neighbour these things need to be doneRecommend

  • Dec 27, 2010 - 7:03PM

    The Government also loses close to the same amount as the entire defence budget through the largest Public Sector Corporations – instead of railing against the defence budget and undermining our security from internal and external threats, how about reforming the Public Sector Corporations and saving billions of dollars every year that can go towards development?

    Of course the PPP Army bashers will never support that, since where will the Jialas and their scions get undeserving jobs and a way to rip off the average Pakistani through corruption then?Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Dec 27, 2010 - 7:28PM

    @ Ahmed & Iqbal Kahan ^^

    This money have had been poured into pipeline may be since musharaf’s time. They just experimented its practical flight. People are dying as they did, I have the heart and all the regret to say that I pray for my country as much as anyone would sitting in Pakistan. But as far as I have studied in international affairs, I have concluded that Pakistan would only survive if it practically test fires to show power after every probable threat on active engagement on any of its border.

    Notice a trend, last time US said something about attacking Pakistan’s frontier if it doesn’t do anything on itself. Pakistan navy did test fire another missile soon afterwords. Pakistan’s survival is in securing itself with the latest set of weaponry or else even india wouldn’t wait designing another (bombay attack) to make grounds on moving and placing their force on the eastern border. The only thing that kept india from even making any air-strike as it said it would over Muridkay, was the edge over their missiles Pakistan has (though i wouldn’t be surprised to see yet another indian this that noooo, we dint because we had pitty on you)

    I wonder if the comments above are Pakistani in origin or just pretending to be Pakistanis. There should absolutely be no doubt about the fact that people are dying because the government is soooo effin corrupt, but people would die massively if they are not protected from any foreign attacks on them from the western or eastern end. It should be thought of as good if atleast one institution of Pakistan if spending on OUR collective good, or else the money you’re referring to would have ending up being in the pockets of our beloved (sarcastic) leadersRecommend

  • Emmon Khan
    Dec 27, 2010 - 7:46PM

    With all these missiles and atom bombs our defender couldn’t even beat a few thousand Taliban! They could not rescue a part of our country from these yahoos! What is the point in spending billions on this or that missile? Just today thirty one pro-govt Taliban were kidnapped by Taliban under the very nose of our armed forces!!!Recommend

  • Rizi
    Dec 27, 2010 - 8:42PM

    Hey Guys!
    Don’t you know that our Holy Prophet SAW left nothing but weapons in His house, after death.
    That convinces us that the concern over defense is important.
    No matter what is the present scenario we must think of our defense. It is also a moral duty. I know “Bread Is More Important Than War” but the truth of War cannot be neglected.
    Our National Defense is the best but best is not enough…. Let’s move forth rather looking back.
    Pak Difa Zindabad!Recommend

  • aqib
    Dec 27, 2010 - 8:52PM

    well done. we are proud to our army. they are best in every situation with the help of ALLAH SUBHAN WATALLA.
    That is used only for the safety of the people of Pakistan.
    I am proud to & thankful to those people who take part to make it for the defenses point of view. Recommend

  • zeruk
    Dec 27, 2010 - 10:06PM

    agreed to RiziRecommend

  • Fahd
    Dec 27, 2010 - 11:09PM

    Well Done! Excellent Job by Pakistan Defence and R&D Personnel! Long Live Pakistan!!
    Long Live Pakistan Army!! … We should always be ready for a battle and never compromise on our defence budget even if we have to eat grass….Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 27, 2010 - 11:44PM

    @ M/s Emmon Khan:- The war we are in against Talibans is a lot different and very much difficult on any international defense standards, even Western and North American Governments with advance tech and gadgetry can’t give 100% guarantee for the safety of their citizen. Our first and foremost goal is to strengthen our defense on every cost, 2nd priority should be given to our economy, 3rd to health & education… that’s it……Recommend

  • Dec 27, 2010 - 11:59PM

    To emmon Khan:

    Our defenders have in fact beaten back the Taliban in almost every theatre they have fought in – whether it be Swat, Bajaur, South Waziristan etc.

    However, winning a counter insurgency campaign is not solely about the military victory and ‘clearing’ an area of insurgents. A COIN victory depends just as much on providing good governanace and enabling local governments and society to step up and prevent the insurgent from returning, and over time eliminating the insurgent and his/her ideology completely.

    Read Ejaz Haider’s column today:

    Also keep in mind that as far as ‘military performance ‘ goes, Pakistani forces have performed as well as, if not better, than NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan, despite NATO spending hundreds of billions of dollars more on their military and with far better and far more technology at their disposal. The problem is people like you who have no understanding of the COIN challenge, and belittle our military, its sacrifices and its achievements, and parrot terrorist propaganda denigrating our armed forces.Recommend

  • Engr.Javed Iqbal
    Dec 28, 2010 - 12:24AM

    Hi Friends,
    May be we are a poor country due to inefficiency of political people but still the vary enemy of this country are blocked at the borders.Still this poor country is the most powerful in the Islamic country most of which are too wealthy but with no teeth. still Muslims in other country love pakistan because of its nuclear power and missile program. this money (Not used for defense) will also be in the pockets of those people who steel money from hajies. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Dec 28, 2010 - 1:02AM

    You have atomic bombs – F16’s – high tech missiles – and your still considered one of the most dangerous/unsafe places to live in the World – you lack safe drinking water – toilets – sewers – schools and most of the things that modern countries take for granted. Maybe its time to reexamine your priorities.Recommend

  • Ali Zaidi
    Dec 28, 2010 - 1:10AM

    Well done Pakistan Navy! Thank you for not letting our defences down.Recommend

  • Emmon Khan
    Dec 28, 2010 - 5:24AM

    My dears not a single ‘big fish’/taliban leader has either been arrested or killed by our ‘defenders’…what kind of ‘successess’ these are? Go and see the people of swat, waziristan, in fact the whole KhyberPakhtunkhwa are still at the complete mercy of these brutal yahoos who are the creation of this same lot of our ‘defenders’! Just in the space of last three days dozens of innocent people have been blown up by the murderer mujahids in Bajaur and Mehmand agencies and dozens of tribal elders kidnapped under the very nose of our defenders in areas where they have declared victories!!Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Dec 28, 2010 - 9:28AM

    For any country to survive, its defense mechanism has to be very strong.These weapons are to defend the country from other enemy country not for threats within the country. please try distinguishing the difference. Hunger and Taliban is the weakness of the sitting govt. Lets keep the sanity alive and realize the difference.Recommend

  • inayat
    Dec 28, 2010 - 11:53AM

    “Reprieve: IMF extends bailout programme for nine months”

    “Ground-based defence: Navy tests surface-to-air missiles”

    Two headlines in ET, that’s says it all.Recommend

  • Ch. Ali Murtaza
    Dec 28, 2010 - 1:11PM

    I would appreciate such acts and exercises done Pakistan Armed Forces and here I would strongly differ with many of my countrymen stating that our state is in dire need of sewers-clean drinking water,housing, we don’t need such fancy and heavy budgeted weapons etc or still having such weaponry we cannot curb small miscreants who call them Taliban.

    Analyzing our geographical topology we are surrounded by many threats such as know enemies, hidden enemies and small groups of defunct individuals who are funded and fed by these enemies to spread anarchy. I adhere to the fact that almost 40% of our population lives below the limit of poverty, hundreds of thousands of children have no access to schools, millions are not having proper heath care facility, graduates out of the schools and colleges are facing joblessness and many other issues but we should take our country as our home where our first and foremost priority is to save our family from external threats such as wild animals, rains, thunderstorms. We build effective barriers against them such as walls, roof and doors later we put fans, heaters, stoves etc to facilitate further and extend our survival.

    This war is of our survival, if we survive from our enemy only then we can put our efforts towards other necessities of life. What is the use of such life when any one can come any time and get a part of one’s body? This would rather make us more volatile to threats.

    An effective approach would be that we should ensure our external security and deterrence along with measures targeted towards social uplift.Recommend

  • Dinesh
    Dec 28, 2010 - 1:54PM

    Can these missiles (althogh it looks like the ordinary rocket launchers to me) hit the Drones that is breaching the so called “unbreachable security” of pakistan on a daily basis and killing at least 10 civiallans per week :)Recommend

  • Dec 28, 2010 - 5:42PM

    Due to the geography of Pakistan, these tests are much needed. We HAVE to strengthen our Defense system.Recommend

  • singh
    Dec 29, 2010 - 7:44AM

    Pakistan Navy successfully test fired a combination of surface-to-air missiles in Somiani on Monday
    No where it is mention that it is develop by Pakistan defense. They just test fire SAM may be given by US.
    Any way US drone fly over your sovereign country space everyday. It is just a tactic by defense to keep them visible in public to maintain their grip.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Dec 29, 2010 - 2:53PM

    @ Singh

    Just because your launches and tests fail, you don’t have to turn all green in envy and be jealous of our successful tests. Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Dec 29, 2010 - 5:36PM

    @ singh
    we did not get that from assembly points dude. Surely it was made very much inside Pakistan.
    Double Thumbs up to our R&D.
    and you singh would you mind to tell us where did you get criyogenic engine that was destined to fail before it could get the supply of fuel from rocket. Recommend

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