In a major arms deal with China, Pakistan will get 4 advanced guided-missile frigate Type 054AP. The steel cutting ceremony for two of these multi-role Frigates took place at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on 1st November. With ships expected to enter service by 2021, Pakistan Navy’s arsenal will increase, strengthening the force’s capability to maintain peace and stability in the Arabian Sea.
Type 054A frigate is an advanced version of Type 054 frigate with advanced weaponry and sensors and it can accommodate a crew of 165 sailors including officers. The first of this frigate entered the People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force in 2007.