China launches second Type 054A/P frigate for Pakistan Navy
The second Type 054A/P frigate for Pakistan Navy has been launched by China during a ceremony held at Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shangai.
On the launching ceremony, Pakistan Navy Commodore Azfar Humayun said, “The induction of Type 054A/P warships will significantly enhance Pakistan’s maritime defence and deterrence capabilities. Timely completion of the frigate shows professional expertise of the shipyard”.
Moreover, the Pakistan Navy has signed a contract for construction of four Type 054A/P frigates from China since 2017. Whereas, the first ship was launched in August 2020.
According to Zhang Junshe, a senior research fellow at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, the newly launched ship has enhanced air defence capability, as it is equipped with an improved radar system and a larger number of missiles with a longer range.