The Pakistan Navy recently tested a new anti-ship missile (AShM) called Zarb. Inter Services Public Services (ISPR) was mum on the specifications of the anti-ship missile Zarb regarding its range, speed and payload etc. Pakistan navy issued a navigational warning several days in advance of the test. The warning allotted a maximum range of 300 km, compliant with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). MTCR is an international legal framework that regulates commercial missile and drone sales.
The latest anti-ship missile Zarb was inducted to enhance Pakistan’s area denial capabilities. The navy intends to equip coastal areas with launch batteries capable of firing said missile to a maximum range of 300 km. Upon the successful test of anti-ship missile Zarb, Pakistan Navy announced that the missile was inducted formally. No prior tests are associated with this particular missile over the Arabian Sea. Since the missile complies with the MTCR, it would seem that Zarb is an off-the-shelf purchase. Details are unknown as to the origin of the anti-ship missile Zarb, but the fact that it was test from a coastal battery, many speculate that it is the C-602 produced by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). The C-602 is capable of delivering a 300kg warhead.
If this speculation turns out to be a fact, it would not be the first time Pakistan purchased something like this from China and should come as no surprise however, given that it is being given a local name, it would seem that the missile is being produced domestically.
At this point, the C-602 or anti-ship missile Zarb can only be fired from a coastal battery as there are no warships or aircrafts in Pakistan’s arsenal capable of firing this missile. Whether or not C-602 and anit-ship missile Zarb are the same is unconfirmed however, it would make more sense for Pakistan to produce the missile domestically given the high transfer-of-technology costs.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.