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TOP BRASS INTERVIEW: CNS Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi

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  1. Gryphon

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    There is an interview of CNS Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi in the July-August 2018 issue of ASIAN DEFENCE JOURNAL (pages 14-16); the complete interview is available on their website. I have posted excerpts related to:


    Budget

    CNS: Keeping in view the growing maritime interests of Pakistan in the Indian Ocean region, there is a compulsion to gradually increase PN's share in defence budget and the government of Pakistan is cognisant of these compulsions.

    Fleet tanker (Turkish designed)

    CNS: With this new tanker, PN will have two fleet tankers and we may construct additional ships of this size indigenously to meet our future operational requirements.

    Aircraft fleet

    CNS: Naval aviation is a vital component of PN, which comprises potent fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Fixed wing aircraft include P3C long range maritime patrol aircraft (LRMP), fitted with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors capable of undertaking anti-surface as well as anti-submarine operations. PN also has Fokker maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) fitted with anti-submarine weapons and sensors. The navy is in the process of modifying ATR aircraft for MPA role. Rotary wing aircraft in PN inventory include Sea King helicopters, optimised for anti-submarine and anti-surface operations, and Z9EC ASW helicopters. For utility applications, we have the Aerospatiale Alouette helicopters, which are used primarily for HADR, SAR and transportation functions, with the flexibility of deployment on ASW and armed recce missions. PN is also operating tactical UAVs which include Scan Eagle and LUNA NG unmanned aircraft systems. In addition, there are plans to augment the naval aviation fleet with modern LRMPs, modern multi-mission helicopters and UCAVs.

    Missile development for PN

    CNS: Pakistan has made substantial progress in the development of missile capabilities and associated technological advancements. National R&D organisations have developed modern anti-ship missiles and LAMs for PN and thus reduced our reliance on foreign suppliers. These weapon systems have significantly enhanced our war fighting capability.

    MILGEM-class corvettes

    CNS: PN has recently signed a contract for four MILGEM-class corvettes from Turkey which is a huge success. We have selected these platforms as they are state-of-the-art vessels, capable to perform ASW, ASuW and AAW roles effectively. They will be fitted with the last weapons and sensors including indigenously developed missile systems.

    Submarine fleet

    CNS: Agosta submarines have served PN with distinction since their induction. As technology is changing rapidly, these submarines are also undergoing mid-life upgradation to meet future challenges. In parallel, PN has concluded a contract to procure eight Hangor-class submarines from China, which is critical for our maritime defence. PN is cognisant of its responsibilities and through modernisation of existing submarines and procurement of new submarines, we will significantly augment deterrence and ensure stability in the region.

    Damen OPVs

    CNS: PN has concluded a contract for acquisition of two OPVs last year. Both vessels will be constructed at Damen Shipyard Galati, Romania under the Bureau Veritas-class certification. OPV-I and II are planned to be inducted in the near future. They will be equipped with indigenously developed SSMs besides close-in weapon system, anti-aircraft guns and a modern EW suite. These OPVs will be employed for maritime security operations to contribute towards regional maritime security.

    Exercise Aman

    CNS: The next Aman series of exercise is planned in February 2019.
     
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  2. syed_yusuf

    syed_yusuf FULL MEMBER

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    so Damen OPV will be armed with local build SSM ...
     
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    which AAW assets will the MILGEM be fitted with?
     
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    no word on Swiftship Corvette , guess they will be stopped by America .
     
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    Nothing about PN nuclear command?
     
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    Agosta 90s will undergo an upgrade of the sensor/weapons suit as well.
     
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  8. Gryphon

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    The Swiftships corvettes were never ordered by Pakistan and there was no notification to Congress.

    CSF/FMF have long been stopped and all branches (PA, PAF & PN) are not willing to pay for US-made equipment with national funds.

    Damen OPVs are the alternative to Swiftships corvettes, and as CNS said, will be equipped with Harbah SSM, CIWS (probably Phalanx from retiring Type 21s), AA guns and an EW suite. Possibly, PN will order another two which could be capable of ASW as well.
     
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    Looks like 4 set of various types 4 Turkish, 4 missiles crafts azmat class , 4 f22p, 4 f22p2, 4 danish opv ....
     
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    4X Type-54A/P
    4X F-22P Upgrade
    1X OHP Frigate
    4X Ada
    2X OPV

    Total: 15 surface vessels

    8X Hangor AIP Submarines
    3X Augosta AIP Subs
    1X SSGN/SSBN

    Total: 12 Submarines.
     
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    The Milgem program is interesting. Recently, a PN official said its a mix of 'corvettes and frigates', which makes me think the first 3 are Ada and 4th is LF-2400 (PN called it the first ship of Jinnah-class frigates).

    McInerney was built in late 1970s, and even after the refurbishment, may not carry on after 2024 (i.e. when the first Jinnah-class frigate enters service).
     
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    OHP will contribute in training.
     
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    You mean two more Daman OPVs?
     
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    Yes, the Damen OPV deal includes 2 ships as optional.

    I have learnt the second batch will be configured for ASW.
     
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    how will these Damen OPV perform in Littoral waters ?
     
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