Karachi—Pakistan Navy inducted its 3rd state-of-the-art ATR aircraft and Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System in its fleet to augment effectiveness and enhance its operational flexibility and reach. An impressive induction ceremony was held at PNS MEHRAN Wednesday.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was Chief Guest.
The ATRs aircraft are modern and widely-operated turboprop platforms equipped with state of the art Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Auto pilot and high efficiency six- bladed propellers. The average ground speed of the aircraft is 250 knots with an endurance of about six hours. Addition of the ATR Aircraft in Aviation Fleet is a giant leap forward in accelerating the capabilities of PN Air Arm which will provide a low cost solution to Maritime Operations at sea.
Speaking on the occasion, the Navy Chief said that Pakistan Navy Air Arm has come a long way since its inception in early seventies.
Induction of ATR Aircraft is a part of PN Aviation Vision 2030. He further added that complex and fluid maritime environment in our region requires Pakistan Navy to shoulder bigger challenging tasks related to Maritime Security besides, maintaining combat readiness against the traditional threats.