Pakistan Navy commissions fourth F-22P frigate

19 April 2013 (Last Updated April 19th, 2013 03:40)

The Pakistan Navy has commissioned the fourth F-22P Sword/Zulfiquar-class frigate, PNS Aslat (254), during a ceremony held at a naval shipyard in the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan.

Sword-class frigate

The Pakistan Navy has commissioned the fourth F-22P Sword/Zulfiquar-class frigate, PNS Aslat (254), during a ceremony held at a naval shipyard in the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan.

Commissioning of the ship marks completion of the $750m technology-transfer contract signed in 2005 between Pakistan's Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and China Shipbuilding Trading Co (CSTC).

The contract includes construction of three F-22P ships, PNS Zulfiqar, Shamsher and Saif in China, as well as transfer of technology for the fourth ship and construction at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) for the Pakistan Navy.

Powered by four main diesel engines, the 2,500t multi-mission Sword-class frigates can operate in multi-threat environments and are armed with long-range surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles to simultaneously attack multiple targets.

The F-22P vessels can be deployed for air defence of a force operating at sea or in convoy, interdiction of hostile surface combatants, commerce raiding, patrolling, protection of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and undertaking heliborne operations.

"The 2,500t multi-mission Sword-class frigates can operate in multi-threat environments and are armed with long-range surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles to simultaneously attack multiple targets."

Capable of accommodating 200 personnel, the ships are also armed with a single 76.2mm main gun, eight C-802/CSS-N-8 sub-sonic Saccade anti-ship missiles, an eight-round FM-90 surface-to-air missile (SAM) and two hangar-top type 730B 30mm close-in weapon system (CIWS) units.

PNS Aslat is also fitted with long-range sensors, navigational radars and trackers, sonars, electronic warfare systems, counter measures (ESM/ECM) systems and advanced command and control systems.

In addition to enhancing the country's indigenous shipbuilding potential, the Sword-class frigates are expected to boost Pakistan Navy's maritime defence capabilities in multi-threat environments.


Image: Pakistan Navy's F-22P frigate equipped with a 76.2mm main gun. Photo: courtesy of Mak Hon Keong.

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