Thank you for your update. Do you think we will have more of type 22s( with more advances like a better MR SAM) or do you think we will acquire something a little bit bigger with a little more punch and staying power. Also when in your opinion do you see the PN going for more frigates. The forum has been having intermittent smattering of possible order of 4 more F22p. Do you think this has already happened or is going to happen in the future and is it worthwhile going for a slightly different platform. There has also been talk on the forum regarding 054s and also a 3500 ton new frigate which china has revealed recently. What are the difficulties if at all apart from financial ones in acquiring newer platfroms. As always ignore any bit you are not happy sharing but we do need to pick your brain to understand naval doctrine and acquisition cycle more thoroughly.PN needs to develop its off/def assets in the coming years.
The deployment should be based from 3 coastal bases, Karachi, JNB and Gwadar.
All these bases have both ports and airports, so both sea and air assets can be deployed effectively.
Specially the Gwadar port can prove very strategic.
The offensive assets can be Subs, MBs and LRMPs.
As soon as the Subs start coming in, the next focus is towards more surface platforms to replace the Type-21s.
Missile Boats will be added slowly and gradually along the way.
There is also a debate going on for adding a fighter squadron to the Naval Aviation. These can be deployed from JNB & Gwadar.