ANKARA, (BM) – The ceremony to begin construction of the MILGEM Ada class anti-submarine corvette, intended for transfer to Pakistan, was held by Turkish shipbuilders in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Representatives of the Pakistan Navy and representatives of the Turkish state defense company ASFAT attended the ceremony in Karachi.
“MILGEM class corvettes will be a modern ground platform equipped with modern surface, ground and anti-aircraft weapons, sensors and a combat control system. These ships will become one of the most technologically advanced platforms of the Pakistan Navy,” the military from Pakistan said.
MILGEM corvettes have a length of 99 meters, a displacement of 24.00 tons and can move at a speed of 29 nautical miles.
Recall that in July 2018, the Pakistani Navy signed a contract to acquire four MILGEM class vessels. According to the plan, two corvettes will be built in Turkey, and the next two will be built in Pakistan, which also involves technology transfer.
In October 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with the Pakistan Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmoud Abbasi, cut the first metal plate of the first MILGEM Ada class corvette during a ceremony in Istanbul.
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