Pakistan is all set to receive the largest advanced warships from China that set to sail on August 23. This is the first time China has sold the largest warship to a foreign country. As per the Chinese media, this will greatly strengthen the Pakistan navy’s surface fleet. By 2021 Pakistan will acquire 3 more similar warships from China.
Local media said the Type 054A/P, a guided missile frigate, is the largest combat ship China has sold to a foreign navy and is “an important milestone” for China’s military export sector and it is already en-route to Pakistan.
“The Type 054A is a multi-role frigate and is recognized as the backbone of the PLAN fleet of surface combatants with 30 vessels in commission. They have a length of 134 meters, a beam of 16 meters for a displacement of 4,000 tons. They have a crew complement of 165 sailors and are fitted with a PJ26 76mm main gun, 8 C803 anti-ship missiles, 32x VLS cells for HQ-16 surface to air missiles, 2x Type 730 30mm CIWS, 2x Triple Torpedo launchers,” reported the navalnews.com.
According to ifeng.com, “It is worth noting that the 054A/P was purchased by Pakistan as the successor to the F-22P frigate, and the F-22P frigate is an export model developed by China on the basis of the 053H3 frigate. China has been working hard to promote the Type 054A frigate to the international market.”
According to some experts, Type 054A is the best frigate in service. The warship has a fully loaded displacement of about 4,000 metric tons and is equipped with advanced radars and missiles.
The launch ceremony was held between the top officials and naval officers at the Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. After the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping called Pakistan a “good brother” and a “good partner” in a recorded message to his counterpart President Arif Alvi.
Markedly, the ceremony was held two days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to his Chinese fellow Wang Yi about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir while India is locked in tension with both China and Pakistan over the border dispute and abrogation of the article in J&K. Though India is set to monitor the military cooperation between these two ambivalent countries.
- As per the Chinese media, this will greatly strengthen the Pakistan navy’s surface fleet. By 2021 Pakistan will acquire 3 more similar warships from China.