Pakistan Navy Inducts Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) & Unmanned Aerial System [PICTURES]

The induction of another ATR in cargo/ para-drop role will provide added flexibility to the Special Forces’ operations.

The induction ceremony of the state-of-the-art Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Pakistan Navy Fleet was held in Karachi on 4th January 2020. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Naval Staff, while highlighting the role of the Pakistan Navy in safeguarding the maritime frontiers and ensuring the safety of Sea Lines of Communication, said that induction of marinized ATR aircraft with weapons and sensors will substantially enhance operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy Fleet’s Air Arm.

Moreover, the induction of another ATR in the cargo/ para-drop role would provide added flexibility to the Special Forces’ operations.

The Chief Guest further added that the induction of LUNA NG Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the Fleet Air Arm will further augment Pakistan Navy’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in the maritime domain especially in Creeks areas and along the Coastal belt.


The Admiral urged the crew of the newly inducted ATRs & Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to make optimum utilization of these platforms in order to contribute effectively towards the combat potential of Pakistan Navy Fleet.

Appreciating the detection of an Indian Submarine by the Pakistan Navy Aircraft in post-Pulwama standoff, the Naval Chief said that he is glad the PN Aviation Fleet proved its expertise and made the nation proud.

He advised the aviators to keep the same spirit and be prepared for any eventuality that may rise anytime. He also highlighted that Pakistan Navy’s developmental plans include acquisition of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) in support of maritime operations, too.

The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials, serving and retired Aviators of Pakistan Navy and sister services and representatives of concerned government departments.

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