Karachi Shipyard helds keel laying ceremony of third MILGEM class corvette for the Pakistani Navy
Naval News October 2020 Navy Forces Maritime Defense Industry
POSTED ON TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2020
According to news published by the Tele-Visual Infolink website on October 26, 2020, the keel laying ceremony of the third MILGEM class corvette for the Pakistani navy was held on October 26, 2020, at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW). Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey, H.E Mr. Hulusi Akar, Pakistan’s Minister for Defence Production, Ms Zubaida Jalal and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi attended the ceremony.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001MILGEM-class corvette for Pakistani navy. (Picture source Pakistan Navy)
The MILGEM project was initiated in 2000 to locally design and build a fleet of multipurpose corvettes and frigates that will replace older ships. Within the scope of the Patrol and Antisubmarine Warfare Ship (MiLGEM) Project, which is one of the most important projects of the Turkish Armed Forces, the following stages were carried out between the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Presidency of Defence Industries.
In 2018, Pakistan’s navy signed a contract for the acquisition of four MILGEM-Class corvettes with Turkey’s state-owned defense firm ASFAT. The 1st and 2nd ship will be built at Istanbul Naval Shipyard while two ships will be constructed at Karachi shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW). A noteworthy feature of the contract is that the 3rd and 4th warships will be designed jointly by Pakistan's Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC) and will be the first indigenously designed & constructed Frigate.
MILGEM project is a national warship program of the Republic of Turkey. Managed by the Turkish Navy, the project aims at developing multipurpose corvettes and frigates that can be deployed in a range of missions, including reconnaissance, surveillance, early warning, anti-submarine warfare, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air warfare, and amphibious operations.
According to the Pakistani MoD (Ministry of Defense), the Pakistani navy will receive the first MILGEM corvette by 2023 while the other three ships will be delivered by 2025.
MILGEM Class Ship is a capable and extremely potent platform, favorably comparable with any contemporary warship of modern navies. The ship is equipped with modern stealth features, and state of the art 5th generation weapons and sensors including an indigenously developed missile system hence configured to undertake multifaceted operations in all domains of naval warfare.
Dude I am just elated to see so much activity happening over at PN these days.
Warna PN acquisition department personnel were paid for nothing.
40-50 vessel fleet is what I advocated for, along with expansion of PMarines. PN did good by picking Embraer E series sister VIP jet for LRMPA. I love the E series platform. It has great potential both in civil and mil applications. Next we should think about our own EAW&C based on same Lineage/E jet platform and a tri service joint helicopter development programs that develops a medium-heavy lift helicopter and a heavy attack helicopter(Apache class). Prefderrably with TAI partnership/JV.
It would be even better if we can spare some billions or hundreds of millions(installments) to invest in Embraer. It is like a jilted bride by Boeing. PAC could step up and offer to give her "sahara". But I digress.
Maybe when this is done. We can think about making PN into an even bigger, highly armed expedtionary force with better amphibious armour, landing crafts, bigger amphibious crafts, aviation assets/air cover(even a few K8s operating in area without SAMs/Shorads could be good), aiming to offset the damage Indian aircraft carriers/destroyers could inflict. Marines I think should also have their own special force for recon/intel.
And down the road carrier group based on mini carriers 3-4. Or 1-2 Stobar aircraft carriers. Preferrably nuclear powered. If nuclear tech has been miniaturised and cheaper to produce by then.
Commissioning Ceremony of #PakNavy Ship TABUK held at Romania. PNS TABUK is a multipurpose & highly adaptive platform equipped with state of the art electronic warfare, anti-ship & anti-air weapons/sensors along with modern self-protection & terminal defence system. (1/2) https://t.co/aIIMS6Sayn