The Pakistan Navy has received its first modern twinengine Long Range Maritime Patrol jet aircraft on Thursday (Sep 2). The induction ceremony of the aircraft took place in Karachi.
The aircraft is Lineage 1000 model of the Embraer Jet, a state-of-the-art Brazilian-built aircraft that is widely used in air operations across the world. Pakistan Navy has also ordered two additional aircraft of the same type. These aircraft will be outfitted with the most up-to-date weaponry and sensors in order to conduct Maritime Air Operations.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Amjad Khan Niazi commended the remarkable transition of the Pakistan Navy Air Arm from prop to jet age of Long Range Maritime Patrol Operations.
He reassured the nation that the Pakistan Navy is fully cognizant of prevailing challenges and is committed to upgrading its combat inventory to generate a swift response. He also highlighted that Pakistan Navy is effectively contributing towards the Government’s policy of promoting peace and stability in the region as a responsible maritime nation. He went on to say that the Pakistan Navy is dedicated to protecting its seafronts while also providing a safe marine environment in the area.
Earlier, in his welcoming message, Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf emphasized the new aircraft’s capabilities and expressed optimism that the acquisition of this powerful aircraft would strengthen PN’s ability to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests.
Embraer Lineage 1000 Maritime Patrol Aircraft
The aircraft is Embraer Lineage 1000 and will be equipped with sensors and weapons made by Leonardo.
The modifications will most probably be done by Rhienmetall Air Service (Germany), which also modified the ATR-72 commercial aircraft into the RAS-72 Sea Eagle MPA for the Pakistan Navy.
The Embraer Lineage 1000E has an 8500 km range, Mach 0.82 max speed, 41000 ft service ceiling, and a 120,000 lb. MTOW.
The project is also known as “Sea Sultan”.
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