Islamabad: Pakistan Bharia Boat Building Yard showcased a 12T marine assault boat on December 5th. An effort has been made to make technology more accessible to Karachi residents. The deal was signed as part of a technology transfer agreement with the Polish shipyard Techno Marine.
The transaction demonstrates Techno Marine’s expanding clout in Pakistan. The respected company has already provided 30 Chaser TM-1226 rigid inflatable boats to Pakistan’s naval special forces.
Despite the fact that the contract for the marine assault boats was signed in 2018, according to the available information, there are two 12T vessels.
According to a spokeswoman for Bharia Boat Building Yard, the Pakistan Navy has purchased 18 12T boats based on two variants.
In addition, Karachi Naval Dockyard intends to build them and power them with outboard motors. The Navy contracted Bharia to design those with water jets.
Bharia has contracts with other businesses to build the remaining three of the four vessels.
According to the spokesperson, every effort is being made to attract more domestic clients for Bharia-built boats.
Furthermore, the design for Pakistan’s indigenously constructed M-16 fast assault boats and Jurrat class missile boats. Boats identical to the 12T were delivered to the Marsun shipyard in Thailand in 2003 and 2004. M-16 ships, on the other hand, are no longer capable of meeting Pakistan Navy requirements.
The two most susceptible areas are Ormara’s main naval base and Gawadar’s commercial port. According to the representative, 12T is utilized for surveillance. Furthermore, the Sir Creek is bounded by the Creek Areas, which are India’s disputed borders. It is a site where the land border connects to the Arabian Sea.
The Pakistan Marine Service, on the other hand, patrols the Creek area with British-made Griffon hovercraft. The 12T allows for more effective patrolling of the contested area of the sea.
Hamilton water jets with two inboard engines The 12T is equipped with Cummins engines. The water jets have a max speed of 42 knots. It also incorporates a navigation system from the British company Raymarine.