According to the state-owned Chinese publication China is developing an export version of the naval frigates. Under a major arms deal, Pakistan would be given the Chinese Navy’s advanced guided missile frigate. The type of the frigate has not been specified.
The first of the four ‘most advanced’ naval frigates is being developed by China for Pakistan to make sure the ‘balance of power’ in the Indian ocean.
The warship will have modern, advanced sensors and a weaponry system. The vessels would have the anti-ship, anti-marine, and anti-air armament. This was stated by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The publication cited the Pakistan Navy and revealed that the frigates are of Type 054AP class. This indicates that they are from People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 054A.
In the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai the frigates are being developed. According to the report the “vessel will be one of the largest and most technologically advanced platforms of the Pakistani Navy and strengthen the country’s capability to respond to future challenges, maintain peace and stability and the balance of power in the Indian Ocean region.”
Type 054A was according to the report the best frigate in service with PLAN. As of yet, 30 Type 054As are serving with PLAN.
An inside source in China’s shipbuilding sector said, “The service of Type 054APs will double the combat power of Pakistan Navy’s surface fleet.”