On 01 November 2019, China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd. (CSTC) cut the steel of two Type 054A/P multi-mission frigates for the Pakistan Navy (PN).
Pakistan ordered four Type 054A/P frigates in 2017 and 2018 in two batches. The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) started production on the first two ships in 2018.
The PN will receive all four Type 054A/P frigates by 2021.
In terms of specifications, the Type 054A has a full load displacement of 4,000 tons and total length of 134.1 m. With a cruising speed of 15 knots, the Type 054A offers a range of 8,000 nm.
The Type 054A’s main armaments comprise of a 76 mm main gun, two quad-cell anti-ship missile (AShM) launchers, two triple-cell anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes, and a 32-cell vertical launch system (VLS) armed with HQ-16 medium-range surface-to-air missiles (SAM).
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