China starts building the largest and most advanced warship for Pakistan Navy

10:18 PM | 2 Jan, 2019
China starts building the largest and most advanced warship for Pakistan Navy
KARACHI/SHANGHAI – China has started building an advanced warship that would be delivered to Pakistan as part of a major arms deal between the two Asian neighbours.

Once constructed, it will be one of the largest and technologically advanced platforms of Pakistan Navy, a senior military researcher told China Daily on Wednesday.

The Type 054 AP frigate being constructed at a Chinese shipyard for Pakistan Navy (PN) will strengthen its capability to respond future challenges, maintain peace and stability and balance of power in Indian Ocean region, said Cao Weidong, a senior researcher at the PLA's Naval Military Studies Research Institute.

In the past, Cao added, the Pakistani Navy would ask its Chinese contractors to use Western radars or weapons on ships constructed by Chinese shipbuilders because it believed Western naval technologies were better than Chinese ones.

"But it seems that all weapons and radars on the new ship will be Chinese products, which reflects our progress in the industry and the Pakistani Navy's confidence in our technology and capability," he said.

Cao said there are many nations selling frigates in the market, so Pakistan must have made thorough comparisons in terms of combat capability and costs.

"I believe the reason they chose our type is that ours is one of the few that can carry out all of the air-defense, anti-ship, and anti-submarine tasks," he said, expecting the service of the Chinese frigate to substantially boost Pakistan's defense capability.

The warship will be China's largest and most powerful vessel export, Cao further said.

According to China State Shipbuilding Corp, a large State-owned defense exporter, China had recently started construction of an export version of one of its advanced warships and will deliver it to Pakistan.

It said the ship is a version of the Chinese Navy's most advanced guided missile frigate. The ship is under construction at its Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, noting it will be equipped with modern detection and weapon systems and will be capable of anti-ship, anti-submarine, and air-defense operations.

In December 2018, the Pakistan Navy said that once constructed, the warship will be one of the largest and technologically advanced platforms of Pakistan's 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.

“It will also support the Pakistani Navy's initiative of securing sea lanes for international shipping by patrolling distant waters,” it said in a statement on its twitter account.

The Type 054A ship has a loaded displacement of 4,000 metric tonnes and is equipped with advanced radars and missiles.

The ship will have vertical launch cells that can fire Chinese HQ-16 air-defense missiles and other kinds of missiles.

Vertical launch cells will bring flexibility to the user in terms of weapons portfolio, thus giving it a stronger fighting capability. The Type 054AP is the best frigate Pakistan can access in the international market, according to Chinese officials.

China is the largest supplier of weapons to Pakistan.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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