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Two TURKISH Defense Giants Collaborated To Jointly Construct PAKISTAN’s Next Generation Stealth Warships At KSEW:

Two TURKISH Defense Giants, ASFAT and STM, have collaborated to Jointly construct PAKISTAN’s Next Generation MILGEM-Class Stealth Warships at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW), Karachi.

PNS MILGEM Class Corvettes of TURKEY
PNS MILGEM Class Corvettes of TURKEY

According to the details gather from the reliable sources, both the companies have formally inked the biggest Defense Export Deal of TURKEY to build next generation MILGEM Class Warships in the country.

According to the details of the contract, the TURKISH Defense Giant STM would be responsible to deliver and integrating the main propulsion system of PAKISTAN’s next generation MILGEM-Class Stealth Warships.

It is worth mentioning that the main propulsion system acts as the backbone of any ship, which is vital for all the movement of the ship.

PAKISTAN has inked its one of the biggest Defense Deal with its Iron Brother TURKEY back in 2018 for the procurement of cutting edge and next generation 44 numbers of MILGEM-Class Stealth Warships.

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According to the contract, two of the Warships for PAKISTAN NAVY would be constructed in TURKEY’s state owned Istanbul Naval Shipyard.

TURKEY MILGEM CLASS STEALTH WARSHIP FOR PAKISTAN
TURKEY MILGEM CLASS STEALTH WARSHIP FOR PAKISTAN

On the other hand, the other Two Warships would be solely constructed in PAKISTAN under the Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreement.

The Steel Cutting Ceremony of PAKISTAN NAVY’s very first MILGEM Class Stealth Warship was attended by TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF (CNS) Admiral Zaffar Mehmood Abbasi.

The Steel Cutting and Keel Laying ceremony of PAKISTAN’s first MILGEM-Class Stealth Warships has already been proceeded in TURKEY on June 4, 2020.

On the other hand, the steel cutting ceremony of PAKISTAN NAVY’s second MILGEM Stealth Frigates held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW) on June 9, 2020.

PAKISTAN would take the delivery of first Two MILGEM Class Corvettes in 2023, while the remaining 2 are expected to join PAKISTAN NAVAL FLEET in 2024 and 2025 respectively.

It is worth mention that TURKEY is one of the 10 countries of the world, which can indigenously design, build, manufacture and maintain state of the art Warships and Frigates by using its indigenous resources and technology.

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Armament Options of PAKISTAN NAVY MILGEM-Class Stealth Warships:

The MILGEM Class Warships, once completed, would be most technologically advanced platforms in the combat fleet of PAKISTAN NAVY.

These steal Ships would be armed with lethal surface, sub surface and anti-air weapons, torpedoes and a 76-millimeter remote controlled, top mounted gun.

PAKISTAN NAVY has planned to install the CHINESE Battle-proven HQ-16 Surface to Air Missile (SAM) System.

HQ-16 VERTICAL LAUNCH SYSTEM
HQ-16 VERTICAL LAUNCH SYSTEM

For this purpose, PAKISTAN is also integrating the Stealth Warships with 16 Vertical Launch System (VLS) that can easily arm with 32 missiles.

Having said that, PAKISTAN NAVY has also opted the same HQ-16 Surface to Air Missile (SAM) System for its next generation Type 054 Frigates being built in CHINA.

After their construction, the MILGEM-Class Stealth Warships and Type 054 Stealth Frigates would make the backbone of PAKISTAN NAVAL FLEET in maintaining balance of power and peace in the highly contested indian ocean.

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Characteristics Of PAKISTAN’s Next Generation MILGEM-Class Warships:

  1. Speed Range: 29+ Knots Maximum, 3500 Miles at 15 Knots
  2. Crew Strength: 93
  3. Displacement: 2300 Tons, Full Load
  4. Dimensions: 324 x 47.25 x 12.30 Foot

Sensors Of MILGEM-Class Warships:

  1. Radar: TURKEY’s ASELSAN ALPER Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) Radar, SMART-S Mk2 3D Air/Surface Search, Sting fire control
  2. Sonars: Search/attack
  3. Other Sensors: Seaeye Ahtapot (on F-513 and F-514) ARES-2N ESM system – ASELFLIR 300D (on F-511 and F512)

Weapon System of PAKISTAN MILGEM Class Warships:

  1. SAM: HQ-16 Surface to Air Missile System (SAM)
  2. VLS: Yes, 16 channels
  3. Missiles: 21 x RAM SAM
  4. Torpedoes: 2 x 324 mm Mk 32 Triple Launcher for Mk 46 Mod 5; Anti-Submarine Torpedoes
  5. Guns: 1 x 76 mm, 2 x 12.7 mm
  6. Helicopters: 1 x S 70-B2 Seahawk Helicopter

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