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Pakistan’s Naval Chief Outlines Future Procurement Goals

In a series of interviews during the Pakistan Navy’s (PN) marquee exercise, AMAN, the PN Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, outlined the force’s future capability goals and duties. While summarizing the PN’s big-ticket orders, notably the purchase of 8 new Hangor-class submarines, four Type 054A/P frigates, and four MILGEM Ada corvettes, the CNS hinted that the surface fleet may further grow.

In an interview with Naval Forces (via Monch), the CNS stated, “We are also looking at acquisition of more Corvettes (sic) for effective contribution in the Regional Maritime Security.” Based on the CNS’ comments before that point in the interview, the implication is that the PN could procure additional MILGEM ships.

In July 2018, Pakistan inked a contract with ASFAT A.S. (Military Factories and Shipyards Management Inc) of Turkey for four MILGEM Ada corvettes. In addition to the ships, the $1 billion program will see Pakistan receivecomplete transfer-of-technology” and “intellectual proprietary rights for the design.

The fourth PN MILGEM will be a frigate and, as per a PN official, will initiate a new line of frigates, with its lead ship being the PNS Jinnah. However, it was unclear if the Jinnah-class frigate would be a one-off ship, which was a possibility considering that Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) had two marquee one-off production projects – i.e., the third Agosta 90B submarine and the fourth F-22P frigate…

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