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PNS Zarrar Multi Role Tactical Platform (MRTP33)

The 33-meter long Multi Role Tactical Platform (MRTP33) is the extended and improved version of MRTP15 commonly known as VBSS boats held in PN. The craft is designed for fast attack, maritime interdiction operation, contact probing and protection of coastal installations. Its has high stealth characteristics and can carry surface to surface missiles and guns. The new member of the MRTP (Multi Role Tactical Platform) family of boats, a concept created and developed by Kaan N.Z. Onuk; has improved sea keeping, highly stealthy characteristics, and is able to carry larger mission equipment/payload such as combined 30mm gun and short range SSM stabilized launcher, surface-to-surface medium range F&F fiber guided missiles, EO fire control systems and decoys.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) boats are modern fast speed boats with integrated sensors and equipments. The boats are used by Seal Group in enemy territory. VBSS exercises included helicopter search and seizure, small boat operations and beach recon in support of amphibious landings. Training covers both VBSS Level I, which focuses on ships that comply with the instructions of the inspection team, and Level II, which addresses the tactics used to board vessels that are non-compliant. Level II ships have freeboard (the distance between the waterline and the main deck of the ship) of 25 feet or less above the water. Non-compliant vessels that have greater than 25 feet of freeboard, or that are actively opposing the boarding, are handled by teams of Special Operations Forces (SOF).

MRTP33 has been developed as a versatile multi role platform for the challenging environment prevailing in our area of responsibility (AOR). She can perform variety of tasks both in coastal waters and at pen seas. The advanced machinery system, sensors and proposed weapon outfit clearly gives an edge for the accomplishment of the assigned roles in increasingly challenging requirements of naval warfare.

MRTP33 has been designed to meet the present day requirements of efficient operations at sea. Roles assigned to the boat are:

  • Patrol/ Fast Attack Craft (Missile) when fitted.
  • MIO/ VBSS.
  • Contact Identification/ Probing.
  • Surveillance.
  • Protection of coastal and offshore Installation.
  • Search and Rescue (SAR).
In November, 2006 the Pakistan Navy ordered two MRTP-33 missile boats from Yonca-Onuk shipyards of Turkey. The first, PNS ZARRAR, was to be delivered in 2008. Pakistan Navy Ship KARRAR, the second Multi Role Tactical Platform (MPTP-33) was commissioned into Pakistan Navy on 11 April 2008. The commissioning ceremony was held at PNS Dockyard where Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir was the chief guest.



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