In a major arms bargain with China, Pakistan will get 4 progressed guided-missile frigate Sort 054AP, The steel cutting ceremony for two of these multi-role Frigates took put at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on 1st November.
With ships anticipated to enter benefit by 2021, Pakistan Navy’s arms stockpile will increment, reinforcing the force’s capability to preserve peace and soundness within the Middle eastern Sea.
Type 054A frigate is a progressed form of Sort 054 frigate with progressed weaponry and sensors and it can accommodate a group of 165 mariners counting officers. The primary of this frigate entered the People’s Freedom Armed force Naval force Surface Drive in 2007.
The Type 054A is equipped with the following weapon systems:
- 32 vertical launcher systems with the ability to fire the following:
- HQ-16 medium-range air defense missiles
- anti-submarine missiles
- 2×4 C-803 anti-ship/land-attack cruise missiles
- two Type 730 seven-barrel 30 mm Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS) guns
- 2×3 324mm Yu-7ASW torpedo launchers
- 2×6 Type 97 240mm anti-submarine rocket launchers
- 2 Type 726-4 18-tube decoy rocket launchers
It moreover comes prepared with a helideck fitted with a helicopter taking care of a framework to bolster missions for mid-sized helicopters. It can suit a Harbin Z-9C or Kamov Ka-28 Helix on its single landing spot.