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Pakistan Maritime Security Agency’s (PMSA) is expected to get six Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) – two large 1,500 ton and four medium sized 600-ton – from China. Today, first photos of Pakistan Maritime’s largest patrol vehicle have emerged on the internet.

Pictures of a 1,500 ton MPV docked at Huangpu Shipyard have been shared at the Chinese website cjdby.

One of the two 1,500 ton MPVs is being developed by the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW). Its keel was set by the KSEW in January 2017.

MPV Specs & Usage
The 1,500 ton MPV has a length of 95 metres and is powered by two engines, enabling it to travel at a high top speed of 26 knots.

This will be the first 1,500 ton patrol vessel in Pakistan’s history. The large sized vessel is said to have a flight deck as well, capable of accommodating light or medium utility helicopters.

1500 ton MPVs will operate independently or as part of a composite force in coastal and deep sea regions.

Both 600 ton and 1,500 ton MPVs will be used for different roles including Maritime Security Operations, patrolling, surveillance of EEZ (exclusive economic zone), intelligence gathering, policing operations against asymmetric threats, pollution control and disaster relief.

Current Fleet
Until now, the PMSA has received three out of the four 600 ton MPVs – namely the PMSS Hingol, PMSS Basol and PMSS Darya-e-Dasht. In January, the former two have been deployed in Gwadar.

KSEW has been working on the fourth Hingool-class MPV since May 2016, which is said to be 68 metres in length and will sport a top speed of 27 knots.

Other than these MPVs, PMSA’s offshore patrol fleet consists of four Barkat-class Offshore Patrol Vehicles (OPVs). These were built between 1988-1990 and have a maximum displacement of 397 tons with a travel range of up to 1,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. The Barkat class OPVs are supported by nine 14 ton Fast Response Boats, which were acquired from the US.

Back in 2014, USA approved the sale of eight 43-metre Global Response Cutters (GRC43M) with weapons, subsystems and maintenance support for the PMSA for $350 million. These had a displacement of 237.5 tons with a top speed of 32.4 knots at full load while covering a range of 3,000 nautical miles at 14 knots.

However, Pakistan did not go through with the contract hinting that the Hingol-class MPVs were acquired as a substitute to the US GRCs.
 

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Just helipad no hanger, 15 days out at sea is good for 600 ton mpv unless its just for 1500 ton vrsion

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Pakistan Maritime Security Agency’s (PMSA) is expected to get six Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) – two large 1,500 ton and four medium sized 600-ton – from China. Today, first photos of Pakistan Maritime’s largest patrol vehicle have emerged on the internet.

Pictures of a 1,500 ton MPV docked at Huangpu Shipyard have been shared at the Chinese website cjdby.

One of the two 1,500 ton MPVs is being developed by the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW). Its keel was set by the KSEW in January 2017.

MPV Specs & Usage
The 1,500 ton MPV has a length of 95 metres and is powered by two engines, enabling it to travel at a high top speed of 26 knots.

This will be the first 1,500 ton patrol vessel in Pakistan’s history. The large sized vessel is said to have a flight deck as well, capable of accommodating light or medium utility helicopters.

1500 ton MPVs will operate independently or as part of a composite force in coastal and deep sea regions.

Both 600 ton and 1,500 ton MPVs will be used for different roles including Maritime Security Operations, patrolling, surveillance of EEZ (exclusive economic zone), intelligence gathering, policing operations against asymmetric threats, pollution control and disaster relief.

Current Fleet
Until now, the PMSA has received three out of the four 600 ton MPVs – namely the PMSS Hingol, PMSS Basol and PMSS Darya-e-Dasht. In January, the former two have been deployed in Gwadar.

KSEW has been working on the fourth Hingool-class MPV since May 2016, which is said to be 68 metres in length and will sport a top speed of 27 knots.

Other than these MPVs, PMSA’s offshore patrol fleet consists of four Barkat-class Offshore Patrol Vehicles (OPVs). These were built between 1988-1990 and have a maximum displacement of 397 tons with a travel range of up to 1,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. The Barkat class OPVs are supported by nine 14 ton Fast Response Boats, which were acquired from the US.

Back in 2014, USA approved the sale of eight 43-metre Global Response Cutters (GRC43M) with weapons, subsystems and maintenance support for the PMSA for $350 million. These had a displacement of 237.5 tons with a top speed of 32.4 knots at full load while covering a range of 3,000 nautical miles at 14 knots.

However, Pakistan did not go through with the contract hinting that the Hingol-class MPVs were acquired as a substitute to the US GRCs.
 
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PHOTOS EMERGE OF PAKISTAN’S FIRST 1,500-TON PATROL VESSEL
Photos have emerged of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency’s (PMSA) first 1,500-ton Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV) at Huangpu Shipyard on the Chinese website cjdby.

The PMSA six MPVs – two 1,500-ton and four 600-ton MPVs – from China in June 2015.

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Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) is responsible for constructing one of the two 1,500-ton MPVs. KSEW set the ship’s keel in January.

According to KSEW, the 1,500-ton MPV has a length of 95 metres and is powered by two engines, which enable it to travel to a top speed of 26 knots. It also appears to have a flight deck that can accommodate a light or medium-weight utility helicopter.

Thus far the PMSA has taken delivery of three of the four 600-ton MPVs – i.e. PMSS Hingol, PMSS Basol and PMSS Darya-e-Dasht. The PMSS Hingol and PMSS Basol were deployed to Gwadar in January. KSEW has been constructing the fourth Hingol-class MPV since May 2016. The Hingol-class is 68 metres in length and can reach a top speed of 27 knots.

Aside from these new MPVs, the PMSA’s offshore patrol fleet comprises of four Barkat-class offshore patrol vessels (OPV). Built from 1988-1990, the Barkat-class OPV has a maximum displacement of 397 tons and can travel for up to 1,500 nm at 12 knots. These boats are supported nine 14-ton Fast Response Boats acquired from the U.S.

In 2014 the U.S. State Department had approved $350 million U.S. sale of eight 43-metre Global Response Cutters (GRC43M) with weapons, subsystems and logistics/maintenance support for the PMSA.

Pakistan did not ink the contract, which suggests that the Hingol-class MPVs were acquired as a substitute for the GRC43M. In comparison to the Hingol-class, the GRC43M has a displacement of 237.5 tons. It can attain a top speed of 32.4 knots at full-load and can cover a range of 3,000 nm at 14 knots.

 

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