On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan initiated the welding of the third ship to be designed under the Milgem programme for the Pakistan Navy.
Mohammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey, also accompanied Erdogan at the groundbreaking of the third out of a total of four Milgem Ada-class corvettes for the Pakistan Navy in Istanbul.
Turkish Grand National Assembly Speaker Mustafa Sentop, Turkey’s Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Turkish General Staff Chief Yasar Guler, Turkish Naval Forces Commander Admiral Adnan Ozbal and other dignitaries attended the ceremony, which also marked the unveiling of the ‘Istanbul’ I-class Turkish Navy frigate.
“our brotherly country with whom Turkey enjoys excellent relations”our fraternal country with whom Turkey enjoys excellent relations.
He underlined that another breakthrough in Turkey-Pakistan security relations was the defence partnership for the building of Milgem class warships.
President Erdogan said Pakistan and Turkey both live in challenging geographical areas, and common difficulties have been met by both nations. He said Turkey will continue to assist supportive and allied countries in the field of defence.
President Erdogan, referring to his visit to Pakistan last year, said that the two countries had signed a Strategic Economic Agreement that would include the institutional framework needed to further deepen bilateral relations.
All of the Turkish dignitaries speaking at the ceremony praised the fraternal ties between Pakistan and Turkey and reiterated Turkey’s support for Pakistan on core issues of national interest.
The contract with ASFAT Inc, a Turkish state-owned defence contractor company, for four Milgem class corvettes for the Pakistan Navy with concurrent Transfer of Technology (ToT) was signed in 2018.
According to the scheme, at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW), the Pakistan Navy’s advanced shipbuilding branch, which also requires technology transfer, two corvettes will be constructed in Turkey and the other two will be constructed in Pakistan.
With a displacement size of 2,400 tonnes, Milgem ships are 99 metres long and can travel at a speed of 29 nautical miles.
The Pakistan Navy’s defence potential will be further strengthened by these anti-submarine warfare frigates, which can be shielded from the radar.