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China cuts steel for Pakistan’s third, fourth Type 054A frigates

04 November 2019

Key Points

  • China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy
  • Once inducted, the vessels could significantly enhance the service’s anti-air warfare capabilities

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding held a steel cutting ceremony for the Pakistan Navy’s third and fourth Type 054A frigates on 1 November, the service’s director-general for public relations announced via its social media channels on the same day.

A contract for the vessels, which was signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd (CSTC) and Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production, was announced in June 2018. It is a follow-on order for two similar vessels, a contract for which is believed to have materialised in 2017.

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