According to China’s state-run newspaper Global Times, the country’s military delivered another Type 054A/P frigate to the Pakistan Navy on Thursday.
The Chinese newspaper said the PNS Taimur was commissioned at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai. It is the second of four Type 054 A/P frigates that the communist nation has built for Pakistan.
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Previously, China ordered the PNS Tughril for the Pakistan Navy in January. The PNS Tughril is equipped with surface-to-surface cruise missiles including anti-submarine warfare torpedoes.
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There are two more frigates under construction, the newspaper informed.
PNS Taimur is equipped with high-tech weapons and sensors, including electronic warfare systems, the official gazette informed.
Pakistan and China have also collaborated on F-22P warships, including helicopters. In December last year, the Pakistan Navy held a steel cutting ceremony for the fifth Hangor-class submarine at the Karachi shipyard.
The Hangor-class submarines are an export variant of the Chinese PLAN’s Type 039A/041 Yuan-class submarines.
Reports claim that Pakistan decided to buy eight submarines from China in 2015, with four submarines to be built in Pakistan and another four submarines to be built in China, with all eight to be delivered between 2022 and 2028.
(With agency contributions)
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