First stealth frigate made in China was delivered to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, ($1=171.12 Pakistani Rupees) – On November 8 this year, the Pakistani Navy held the commissioning ceremony of the PNS Tughril frigate, the first in a series of four Type 054 ships under contract to China, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express. Under the terms of the nearly $ 5 billion contract, Pakistan should have already received all four ships from China received only one.

First stealth frigate made in China was delivered to Pakistan
Photo credit: Defense Express

In essence, China has delivered a new frigate to the Pakistani Navy with a complete failure. And here it is worth recalling the chronology of events.

In 2017 and June 2018, Pakistan and China signed two agreements under which the Pakistani Navy is to receive four Type 054 A / P Chinese frigates.

Pakistan needs such ships to replace four British frigates Type 21, developed in the 1960s. The value of the deal was not disclosed, according to some estimates, this figure reaches five billion dollars.

The deadline for the delivery of all four Type 054 A / P frigates of Chinese construction for the Pakistani Navy was set for 2021 Pakistan received only one frigate from China.

According to some reports, the second frigate of the Type 054 A / P project for the Pakistani Navy is currently undergoing factory tests, the third ship in this series was launched in August 2021.

Characteristics of Chinese frigates of the Type 054 project:

  • full water replacement – 4053 tons;
  • body length – 134.1 meters;
  • body width – 16 meters;
  • speed – up to 27 knots;
  • range – up to 8 thousand nautical miles;
  • crew – 180 people;
  • set of weapons – one artillery caliber 76 mm, two 7-barrel artillery caliber 30 mm; 32-cell vertical launcher designed to launch HQ-16 SAM anti-aircraft missiles, C-803 anti-ship missiles, and Yu-8 anti-submarine missiles; six 324 mm torpedoes, one Ka-27 or Harbin Z-9C helicopter.

Pakistan tests missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads

As we reported in February this year, Pakistan already has a missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The news came from Islamabad, where the Pakistani Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Ghaznavi missile test was a success. Pakistani, Russian, and American media reported also the story.

Kaznavi is a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile – about 290 kilometers [180 miles – ed.] and can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads. The tests had conducted at one of the annual exercises of the Pakistani army. According to Islamabad, this is the “culmination” in the development of Pakistan’s combat capabilities.

Sources from Pakistan claim that the Ghaznavi missile tests should confirm the missile strike system’s structural and technological parameters.

Pakistan is developing its defense capabilities and its nuclear program to counter India because both nations have been at war for the critical region of Kashmir for decades. India also conducts annual tests of new short-range missiles.

Rockets named after a conqueror and a falcon

The Ghaznavi ballistic missile is named after an 11th-century Turkic conqueror, Mahmud of Ghazni. This rocket has been under development since 2004, when it was the first version, and is in service with the Pakistani army since that year. The Ghaznavi missile is a Pakistani development of the National Development Complex of Pakistan.

Pakistan is seriously developing its missile defense capabilities. One of Pakistan’s most famous missiles is the Shahin series. Shahin-2 is a missile with a range of 1,500 kilometers, and Islamabad conducted tests in 2019. Last year, Islamabad introduced a version of Shahin-3 that has a range of 2750 kilometers. Shahim is a ballistic missile. This rocket is named after a falcon inhabiting the high mountains of Pakistan.

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