The thing is the navy would be looking to retire the old Agosta 70's, and therefore this urgent replacement prompted the order for the submarines. The 054A's will be coming, especially since Pakistan has started the early phase of building the lighter F22 frigates. I suppose the next deal will be for a considerable number of frigates to increase the size of the surface fleet.Hi,
There is an issue with pak navy---. It does not have a potent frigate---. The F22 P are lightweight Frigates---.
The navy must have something that is heavier and more potent. The thing is that the situation in the region is changing by the day---on one side is India and on the other side is Iran coming into the game as a new player.
The Arabian sea is suddenly going to get crowded and there will be power positioning in the region. The U S navy is going to be pulling out its aircraft carrier out of the region pretty soon and with Gwadar port coming into operation---pak navy does need the presence of a stronger surface fleet.
Pakistan navy should reconsider the purchase of 8 submarine---and reduce it by 2 or 3 at this time. It should rather invest 1 billion dollars in 2 TYPE 054 Frigates and 3--4 upgraded version of Type F22P class frigates.
In 2 to 3 years from now---it can increase the order for the submarines.
I'd go as far to say that if Pakistan had the budget to completely create a new air wing for the navy that is in excess of 60 planes. They train amongst themselves, they fly patrols, sorties etc and have nothing to do with the PAF.But at the end of the day, no one can deny that 5000ton air-defence frigates are the need of the hour along with a potent land based aircraft strike force.