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Pakistan Navy inducts ATR aircraft and Sea King helicopters in fleet

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy has inducted its first upgraded ATR aircraft and two Sea King helicopters in its fleet to augment effectiveness and enhance its operational capability. An induction ceremony was held at PNS MEHRAN in Karachi on Wednesday with Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbassi as the chief guest. The ATR aircraft's widely operated turboprop platform has been retrofitted with state of the art weapons and sensors, which will substantially enhance Fleet Air Arm's operational capability…

PIA to enlarge fleet by addition of four new aircraft

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has projected to enlarge its fleet with the addition of four new aircraft, which will benefit PIA to fly on Sialkot-Barcelona and Lahore-Bangkok routes. PIA President and CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik, during his address to PIA employees at the airline’s head office informed that, PIA has initiated on the fleet enlargement plan and in some time it will inflate its access around the globe. He added, "PIA is soon to initiate flights on latest routes. We have by now…

UAE Air Force acknowledges endeavors by PAF in modernising its fleet

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan visited the headquarters of the United Arab Emirates Air Force during his visit to the UAE on Sunday. Upon his arrival, a smartly turned out contingent of the UAE Air Force presented him the guard of honour. Later, the air chief called on Commander UAE Air Force and Air Defence Ibrahim Nasser Mohammad Al-Alaw in his office. Read More: Pakistan, UAE mull over ways for boosting bilateral investments During the meeting the air chief said the…

US Navy reactivates Cold War era fleet for Atlantic

WASHINGTON: A top US navy admiral announces the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet — a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 — to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia. The chief of US Naval Opera­tions, Admiral John Richardson, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony on Friday in the Atlantic naval port of Norfolk, Virginia. “Our National Defence Strategy makes clear that we’re back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more…

Missing from Trump’s grand Navy plan: skilled workers to build the fleet

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the US Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan. The initiative could cost nearly $700 billion in government funding, take 30 years to complete and require hiring tens of thousands of skilled shipyard workers - many of whom don't exist yet because they still need to be hired and trained, according to the…

Uber strikes deal to add self-driving Mercedes-Benz to fleet

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber has signed another deal with a major automaker as the popular ride service accelerates efforts to build out one of the world's first fleets of autonomous vehicles. Uber on Tuesday announced a partnership with Germany's Daimler AG, maker of the luxury Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks. In the coming years, Daimler plans to incorporate its own self-driving Mercedes-Benz into Uber's growing fleet of self-driving cars. Uber did not offer a specific timeline. Daimler is the first auto company to join Uber as…

Seven latest locomotives reach Pakistan from United States

ISLAMABAD: A consignment of seven new and modern locomotives reached Karachi from the United States in a bid to strengthen Pakistan Railways’ existing fleet, said sources in the ministry of railways on Monday. “Pakistan will receive a total of 55 locomotives in different phases from the US. The remaining 48 are expected to be handed over to the Pakistan Railways by June 2017”. The locomotive consignment includes 4,000 horsepower modern diesel locomotives of General Electric with 676 mm gauge and fully assembled, they…