One of the Pakistan Navy’s latest small surface combatants is on display at the NAVDEX marina. PNS Azmat is a 63m fast missile craft built by the China Shipbuilding & Offshore Company’s Xingang Shipyard in Tianjin under the terms of a government-to-government contract signed in late 2010. The ship was handed over in April 2012, and commissioned into the Pakistan Navy in June that year.
Based on the Houjian class (Type 037/2) missile craft design in service with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, Azmat is equipped with a powerful offensive anti-surface capability in the shape of eight C-802A (CSS-N-8 ‘Saccade’) sur face-to-sur face missiles. Fitted in box launchers mounted athwartships, the C-802A is capable of striking targets up to 180km away.
Other armament includes a twin 37mm gun mounting forward, a single Type 630 30mm close-in weapon system, two 12.7mm machine guns, and two six-barrel decoy launchers. The sensor fit on board includes a Type 360 surveillance radar and a Type 347G radar/ electro-optical director.
A second ship of the class, PNS Dehshat, has been built locally in Pakistan by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) under a technology transfer agreement.
Dehshat was commissioned into the Pakistan Navy in June 2014.