Pakistan’s ‘Harbah’ Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Made Global Debut at DIMDEX

31.03.2022 Qatar
Pakistan’s ‘Harbah’ Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Made Global Debut at DIMDEX

Pakistan’s ‘Harbah’ Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Made Global Debut at DIMDEX

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Pakistan Navy’s anti-ship and land-attack cruise missile ‘Harbah’ officially made its global debut at the recently held Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) in Qatar (21-23 March 2022).

Developed locally by the state-owned Global Industrial Defence Solutions (GIDS), the Harbah missile made its domestic debut in January 2018 when Pakistan Navy launched the missile from PNS Himmat, an Azmat-class fast attack boat.

The Harbah missile is a medium-range cruise missile. It is a variant of the Babur cruise missile, the indigenously developed medium-range, subsonic, cruise missile capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear warheads.

The Harbah missile has two variants including local and export versions. The former has an operational range of over 700 km while the latter has an operation range of around 300 km.

Both variants of the Harbah missile are equipped with fire and forget capability, mid-course and terminal guidance system, and all-weather operational functionality.

Both variants also feature Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator (DSMAC) camera, radar, and infrared seeker to engage adversary targets with high precision.

The seventh edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces.

His Highness the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani patronized the opening ceremony of DIMDEX 2022, held under the theme “The most prominent international event for the communication of security and defense professionals”.

The opening ceremony was attended by Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh HE Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs, Ministers, and Ministers of Defense and Chiefs of Staff of brotherly and friendly countries.

The event was also attended by a number of Their Excellencies Ambassadors accredited to the State and senior officers of the Qatari Armed Forces, as well as academics and experts in the security and maritime defense sector.

The opening ceremony included a documentary film about the Qatari Armed Forces, followed by a speech by HE Commander of the Amiri Naval Forces Staff Maj. Gen. (Navy) Abdullah Hassan Al Sulaiti.

DIMDEX is a biennial event for the maritime defence and security industry and is recognised as the industry’s must-attend event. DIMDEX 2022 welcomed international exhibiting companies who presented the latest industry trends, technologies and innovative solutions to VIP delegations, government representatives and key decision makers, as part of the main exhibition.

The three-day event also welcomed warships from international navies to Hamad Port where the high-tech vessels showcased their cutting-edge systems.

The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), held on the second day of DIMDEX, brought together renowned industry experts and distinguished academics from around the world to discuss the latest industry topics, exchange thoughts and offer modern solutions.

MENC explored the impact of asymmetric threats on the security complex of the Gulf and its abutting states. Panel discussions will revolve around unconventional challenges in the region’s maritime domain and means of increasing overall resilience.



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