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Monthly Defense News Recap – August 2022

Pakistan Navy Inducts Second Type 054A/P Frigate – PNS Taimur

The Pakistan Navy (PN) has taken delivery of its second Type 054A/P multi-mission frigate – PNS Taimur.

The PN commissioned the PNS Taimur in June in with a ceremony in China. The PNS Taimur joins its sister-ship – and lead Type 054A/P frigate – the PNS Tughril, which was inducted in January.

The third and fourth Tughril-class frigates were launched for sea trials in August 2021 and January 2022, respectively. Based on the launch and delivery schedules of the two preceding ships, the PN should receive its final two Type 054A/Ps by early 2023 at the latest.

With a displacement of over 4,000 tons, the Tughril-class frigate is the largest of the PN’s upcoming new-generation warships. The multi-mission platform is capable of anti-ship warfare (AShW), anti-air warfare (AAW), and anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

While fitted with stock Chinese sensors and munitions, the PN’s Type 054A/Ps carry a number of notable differences compared to the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) Type 054A frigates…

Turkey Makes Fresh Progress on SIPER Long-Range SAM Program

Turkey’s President of Defense Industries (SSB), Dr. İsmail Demir announced that the latest tests of Turkey’s homegrown long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM), the SIPER, showed that the SAM could reach a range of 100 km. The test marked a significant milestone for the Turkish defence industry.

Turkey initiated the development of an indigenous long-range SAM in 2018. The program kicked off after Ankara was unable to acquire the Chinese HQ-9 due to concerns from its NATO partners.

Under the original plan, the SSB mobilized Turkey’s national defence contractors Aselsan and Roketsan to collaborate with one of the country’s premier R&D arms, TÜBİTAK SAGE, on the project. Furthermore, the joint-Italian-French consortium, Eurosam, was also to support the Turkish program in some capacity

Images Emerge of a Pakistani J-10CE With a Peculiar Camouflage

Recently, photos emerged on social media of a Pakistani J-10CE with a new green and grey camouflage.

Not only is this a break from the usual gray camouflage of the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) new fighters, but it seems to reference back to the PAF’s legacy Mirage III/5s.

The aviation journalist and observer Andreas Rupprecht believes that the distinctly coloured J-10CE is a one-off and not a design the PAF will apply to more aircraft. If accurate, this could mean that this specific J-10CE is paying homage to the PAF’s legacy Mirage III/5s…

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