In Karachi, the groundbreaking ceremony to start the construction of the MILGEM Ada-class corvette was held by Turkey for Pakistan.
Officials of Pakistan Navy, representatives of Turkey’s state-run defense firm ASFAT, and the managing director of KSEW, Rear Admiral Ather Saleem attended the ceremony at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) — Pakistan Navy’s specialized shipbuilding division.
Pakistan Navy signed a contract for the acquisition of four MILGEM-class ships with ASFAT back in July 2018. Two corvettes will be constructed in Turkey and two others will be built in Pakistan that will also involve technology transfer, as per the plan.
In Istanbul last week the keel-laying or the formal recognition of the start of the construction ceremony of the first MILGEM Ada-class corvette was held.
The length of MILGEM vessels is 99 meters with a displacement capacity of 24,00 tonnes. They can move at a speed of 29 nautical miles.
Pakistan Navy said in a statement “The MILGEM Class Corvettes will be state-of-the-art surface platform equipped with the modern surface, subsurface and anti-air weapons, sensors, and combat management system.”
Adding, “These ships will be among the most technologically advanced platforms of the Pakistan Navy and will significantly contribute to maintaining peace, stability, and balance of power in the Indian Ocean region.”