Pakistan Navy: News & Discussions


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Nov 30, 2017
Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc ( STM ), which for the first time has a strategic inland engineering exemption that requires advanced technology such as submarine , is increasing the share of work in Pakistan .

Submarine Contract Signing Ceremony of Pakistan Navy Agosta 90B Class Submarine Modernization was held in Pakistan Ministry of Defense. The ceremony attended by the Pakistani Ministry of Defense and the representatives of the Pakistan Navy.

The agreement was signed by General Arshad Mahmood of the Pakistani Ministry of Defense, General Director of STM Davut Yilmaz and Director of Marine Project Savaş Onur.


Accordingly, the project for the modernization of Agosta 90B class submarines was expanded by the addition of the modernization of the second submarine ship. Various additional systems, including the first submarine vessel, were added to the configuration, while all systems in the main contract were equally in the configuration of the second submarine vessel. In addition, the third submarine vessel and various additional systems with the contract amendment were also taken as options.

First submarine ready in 2020
Within the scope of the project for the modernization of the Agosta 90B class submarines, STM has had a tough and long competition with the French DCNS Shipyard, which has been designing and manufacturing submarines. At the end of the bidding process STM was technically and commercially superior by the Pakistani Ministry of Defense and the contract was signed with the main contractor selected.

The first submarine will be delivered in 2020, in a project where modernization activities will be carried out on a shipyard owned by the Pakistan Navy in Karachi. The other submarines are planned to be modernized by 1 year.

New export doors to Turkish defense industry
For the first time with the project, a Turkish firm was selected as the main contractor in the overseas submarine project. Turkey, the project will first submarine design and engineering services exports.

In addition to the design, engineering and procurement activities to be provided within the framework of the project, integrated logistical support and training services will be provided to the elements of the Pakistan Navy.

Within the context of modernization activities, all sonar suites of the submarine, periscope systems, radar and electronic support systems will be replaced with command and control system. Within the framework of the project, HAVELSAN and ASELSAN systems will be exported.

In the project, modifications will be made on the most critical structure of the underwater durable boat (reinforced boat) by providing "system-system" and "platform-system" integrations of various systems to be provided by domestic and foreign companies by STM.

The project at the critical design stage continues successfully with the significant contributions of the Pakistani organizations and the staff of the Pakistan Navy, and the close working relationship.

Pakistan has an important place in the maritime projects carried out by the Turkish defense industry abroad.

STM, which previously signed the Project for Supply of Marine Tanker with Pakistan and has made the biggest export in one item on the basis of military ship, continues to work on the vessel successfully launched.

The submarine modernization project further strengthened the long-standing maritime business alliance between the two countries.

A goodwill agreement was signed at the 13th International Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul (IDEF 2017) before the final agreement for the MILGEM Project. Within this scope, 4 island-type corvettes to be delivered to the Pakistan Navy are planned to be produced by Karachi Shipyard with the model in the Marine Supply Tanker Project under the main contract of STM.

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Explain me how come DCNS allowed third party upgrade. Wont it compromise the the secrecy of lot or sub parameter?

Or its so obsolete, they don't give a damn anymore?
Pakistan is a licensed manufacturer of Agosta 90b with all the permissions gained back in the days.
Explain me how come DCNS allowed third party upgrade. Wont it compromise the the secrecy of lot or sub parameter?

Or its so obsolete, they don't give a damn anymore?

Possible considering the French havent opened a word of it. But its a good platform.
Bus full of DCNS engineers got shot down in Pak over non payment of kickbacks.

I guess PN is on its own from then.

Or they really bought all the rights .

Has Pakistan bought any French materials for its submarine from that time .?.
Turkey to sell four corvette ships to Pakistan Navy


This file picture shows a Turkish Ada class MİLGEM (National Ship) corvette. (Photo by Anadolu news agency)

Back in May 2017, Turkey and Pakistan signed a goodwill agreement for the construction of four Turkish Ada class MİLGEM (National Ship) corvettes in the Karachi Shipyard, a major defense contractor and military corporation based in the Pakistani city of Karachi.
Under the agreement, two ships will be built in Istanbul and two others in Karachi. Two corvettes will join the inventory of the Pakistan Navy in 2023 and the remaining two in 2024.
The deal also includes sharing engineering information and training engineers.
The first ship will be manufactured in 54 months, while the remainder will be built in 60, 66 and 72 months respectively.
The corvettes, which will be able to cruise uninterruptedly for 15 days, will be 99.56 meters long and 14.42 meters wide with a maximum speed of 26 knots.

Pakistan finalizes purchase of 4 Ada class corvettes from Turkey

“This will be the largest single export in the history of Turkish defense industry,” he toldreporters.

Turkey’s STM signed a letter of intent in May 2017 to manufacture four Ada class MILGEM corvettes for Pakistan, and the contract was signed in November. Two of the ships will be manufactured at Karachi Shipyard and two others in Istanbul, Canikli said.

STM CEO Davut Yilma said in May 2017 that the cost will be $250 million per ship.

Under the LOI, Pakistan will also deliver Super Mushshak training planes to replace the T-41 and SF-260 aircraft currently used by Turkey.

Pakistan is acquiring new ships to expand and modernize its fleet and meet increasing domestic littoral defence needs. Defense News reported in December that the Pakistani Navy is also acquiring a Chinese Type 054A Jiangkai II frigate as the first ship to replace its six Type 21 frigates built in the 1970s and acquired from the United Kingdom almost 30 years ago. The Type 054A frigate weighs 4,000 tons and features stealth capabilities and a 32-cell vertical launching system (VLS). Pakistan is scheduled to acquire the ships by 2021.

The MILGEM project is the national Turkish corvette and frigate building program. Ada (Turkish for island) class corvettes weigh 2,300 tons, measure 99 meters long and have a maximum speed of 29 knots. They feature an Mk-144 guided missile launcher and SMART-S Mk2 3D air/surface search and Sting fire control radars.

Pakistan is acquiring eight S20 diesel-electric submarines based on the Yuan-class (Type 039A-series) design, with the first four boats to be built in China and deliveries commencing to the Pakistani Navy (PN) from 2022. The remainder will be built in Pakistan by the Karachi Shipbuilding and Engineering Works (KSEW).

STM is also set to modernize one of Pakistan’s Agosta 90B submarines originally manufactured by France’s Naval Group. STM expects works on the first submarine to be completed by 2020 with the second boat following suit one year later. Modernization and upgrades will be carried out at a Karachi-based shipyard of the Pakistan Navy. In addition to the design, engineering and procurement activities to be carried out as part of the project, STM will also provide integrated logistic support and training services to different units of the Pakistan Navy. The modernisation works will include the replacement of the submarine’s entire sonar suite, periscope systems, command and control system, radar and electronic support systems. Havelsan- and Aselsan-made systems will also be exported as part of the project.

Pakistan contracts Turkey’s STM for modernization of second Agosta 90B submarine
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First ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft delivered to Pakistan Navy

This delivery represents a major milestone for Rheinland Air Service as the prime contractor and Aerodata as the key project partner.


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In the second quarter 2018, the first ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft has been delivered to the Pakistan Navy – after completing intensive ground and flight tests.

Rheinland Air Service had signed the contract with the Pakistan Navy in 2015 to convert two ATR-72 aircraft already owned by the Pakistan Navy into Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Rheinland Air Service as the prime contractor performs the overall project management, acquisition of key components, all physical aircraft modification work and pilot training.

Aerodata’s scope of work includes the delivery of its mission management system AeroMission®, all system integration activities, engineering tasks to convert the ATR-72 from the transport into a maritime patrol configuration, delivery of parts for the aircraft modification as well as customer training and support. Work on the project commenced in January 2016 after export approvals had been received from the Government authorities.

Core of the Maritime Patrol Aircraft is Aerodata’s mission management system AeroMission®, which has been enhanced substantially for this project. AeroMission® is characterized by its scalable architecture. On board the ATR-72, the mission system is implemented on multiple work stations and two cockpit information displays.

Sensors / subsystems on the ATR-72 aircraft include a 360° AESA search radar, electronic support measures (ESM), self-defense measures, Stores Management System, an acoustic processing system and an EO/IR sensor. A comprehensive communication suite enables secure voice and data communication with ground stations and other assets of the Pakistan Navy.

All sensors and subsystems are fully integrated in AeroMission®, therefore all data are made available to the four operators and provide the required situational awareness for cabin and cockpit crew. Further – depending on the task assignment – operators can control the sensors through the AeroMission software.

In the meantime, modification work on the second aircraft has commenced; delivery to the Pakistan Navy is scheduled for the first quarter 2019.

Pakistan Navy inducts ATR aircraft, unmanned aerial system in fleet

The ATR aircraft are modern and widely operated turboprop platforms equipped with state-of-the-art Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), auto pilot and high efficiency six blade propellers. The average ground speed of the aircraft is 250 knots with an endurance of about six hours.
In 2014-2015, Pakistan contracted a German firm – Rheinland Air Service (RAS) – to convert two Pakistan Navy ATR-72s into maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. It is possible that this third ATR-72 will eventually be sent for conversion, especially since the platform is considered a key part of the Navy’s Aviation Vision 2030 plan.

The Pakistan Navy ordered an undisclosed number of ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from the U.S. in September 2015 for a little over $15 million U.S. (IHS Jane’s).
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Pakistan receives decommissioned MCMV from Belgium | Jane's 360
Shipping company Peters & May Ltd has transported a decommissioned mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) from Belgium to Pakistan.

The UK-based company announced on its website that the 540-tonne ship, along with three 40 ft containers containing additional parts, had been delivered to the South Asian country by mid-2018.

No further details about the identity of the ship were provided. However, Jane’sunderstands the vessel in question is the ex- Aste r (ex-M 915) MCMV, a decommissioned Belgian navy Flower-class (Tripartite) MCMV.

It is unclear whether the ship will be operated by the Pakistan Navy (PN) or used for spares. Pakistan currently operates three similar Tripartite-class ships acquired from France, known as the Munsif (Éridan) class in PN service.

Pakistan Navy inducts first upgraded ATR aircraft and Sea King helicopters

Pakistan Navy has inducted its 1st Marinized/ Upgraded ATR aircraft and Sea king Helicopters (Ex Mod UK) in its fleet to augment effectiveness and enhance its operational capability. An impressive induction ceremony was held at PNS MEHRAN.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbassi graced the ceremony as Chief Guest.

The 1st marinized ATR aircraft; a modern and widely operated turboprop platform, has been retrofitted with state of the art weapons and sensors, which will substantially enhance Fleet Air Arm's operational capability commensurate with contemporary Maritime Warfare requirements.

Whereas, induction of two Mk 3A/ Mk 4 Sea king helicopters acquired from UK into its existing fleet of Sea King helicopters will further enhance PN fleet operational capability particularly to troops transfer. One helicopter is purpose built for Search & Rescue missions at sea and other aircraft is optimized for the troops-carrying role.

In order to ensure quality training of aircrew, Pakistan Navy today has also inducted a state of the art Simulator of Z9EC Anti- Submarine Warfare helicopter to train its aircrew. This simulator will enable aircrew to acquire training for anti- submarine and emergency handling in a cost effective manner without endangering life and equipment.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff said that, in addition to traditional roles, Pakistan Navy is also confronted with emerging challenges of deterring terrorism at sea, curbing piracy in the region and carrying out maritime security operations.

The Admiral emphasized that we should also be cognizant of threats posed by hybrid warfare and cyber crime. “Pakistan Navy is aware of these challenges and induction of these modern platforms will augment PN operational capabilities manifold to more effectively face these challenges, achieve national objectives, honor international obligations and safeguard our vital maritime interests”, he said.

He added that wars are fought not only on material aspect but spiritual strength also matters a lot. Pakistan Navy though inferior in number has inflicted irreparable loss to the adversary in past and this happened because of the spiritual strength and professionalism of our men. He said that induction of training simulator will provide us great capability to train our aircrew with full degree of freedom to achieve unflinching and highest standard of professionalism.

Newly-build warship for Pakistan Navy ceremony held in Shanghai, China
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Crossposting from IN Frigates thread...

I highly doubt it. The Chinese do not give their best to the Pakistanis. The one with the APAR is a Type 054B anyway.

Doubt cleared. They are getting one with APAR.

It's the same radar as on the latter batch of Bangladesh Navy's Type-056 corvettes: SR-2410C. Not the same radar as shown in the model I posted, but APAR nonetheless.





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Crossposting from IN Frigates thread...

Doubt cleared. They are getting one with APAR.

It's the same radar as on the latter batch of Bangladesh Navy's Type-056 corvettes: SR-2410C. Not the same radar as shown in the model I posted, but APAR nonetheless.




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It's not very different from before. This is an upgrade over a PESA radar, but it doesn't provide a huge advantage like the integrated mast on the Type 054B does.

The idea behind using an integrated mast is to remove most of the other radars that are used for fire control. But for this you need fixed radars with multiple faces so that you can paint a target without losing track. Without the mast, the current setup is not a significant upgrade. So you only get the advantage of using an AESA instead of a PESA, which can be done quite easily on all ships that have a Fregat class PESA already as long as you fork over extra cash.

This would have made a considerable difference.

But, as usual, the Chinese do not offer their best to Pakistan. The Type 054B is a massive upgrade over the Talwar class. But even without an APAR, the Talwar class is a much better option. Different story that it's a pretty big upgrade for Pakistan though.
But, as usual, the Chinese do not offer their best to Pakistan. The Type 054B is a massive upgrade over the Talwar class. But even without an APAR, the Talwar class is a much better option. Different story that it's a pretty big upgrade for Pakistan though.

How is Talwar better than this 054P?
Brahmos is better. The new active Shtil is better. The torpedoes are bigger. Obviously, the underwater sensors are better, so is the EW capability. The gun is bigger.

With YJ-12 and HQ-16C on that side there isn't really a clear cut "better" thing here. Evenly matched in more like it.

The 6 existing Talwars and Shivaliks will already be outmatched especially in the anti-air department thanks to their arm-launchers (unless we do a deep refit of both classes). Only way for IN to maintain supremacy on the surface will be via the Project-17A frigates, and ofcourse, the Destroyers.