China has delivered its largest and the most advanced warship – PNS Tughril or 054A/P – to the Pakistan Navy, in what seems to be a major boost to the latter’s naval prowess.
It is the first of the four frigates committed by China, for which a deal was signed between the two allies in 2017. The modern warship 054A/P, named PNS Tughril by Pakistan, has been developed by the Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard. According to Chinese analysts, Type 054A frigate has “world-class stealth capability”.
This development comes just days after another ally of Pakistan, Turkey, started construction of the fourth MILGEM Ada class corvette at Karachi.
The deal for the MILGEM was signed between the two Islamic countries in 2018 with the precursor of a transfer of technology accompanying construction and delivery. Turkey is one of the 10 countries in the world that possess the capability to produce its own warships.
With Pakistan being a beneficiary of four warships each from China and Turkey, its defensive and offensive capability is likely to rise exponentially in the face of the Indian Ocean Region assuming enhanced significance in the current geopolitical environment.
Pakistan Navy Chief Adm. Amjad Khan Niazi had remarked earlier this year, “On our Western flank, the US-Iran standoff has…