Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sword / F-22P Class Frigates, Pakistan

The F-22P or Sword class frigate is a 2,500t multi-mission, conventionally powered frigate built for the Pakistan Navy. Design and construction of the F-22P started after a $750m deal was signed in 2005 between Pakistan's Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and China Shipbuilding Trading Co (CSTC).

The deal involved an order for construction of four F-22P frigates for the Pakistan Navy's fleet. The deal included an order for four to six Harbin Z-9EC helicopters and ammunition for the frigates. The first of the frigates, PNS Zulifqar, was delivered in September 2009.

The second and third frigates are currently under construction at Shanghai's Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, where PNS Zulifqar was built. The second frigate was launched in October 2008. The frigate will be named PNS Shamsheer and is scheduled for delivery in January 2010.

The third frigate was launched in May 2008 and is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2010. It will be named PNS Saif. The fourth unnamed frigate is being built at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works under a technology transfer agreement signed with China. It is expected to be delivered by 2013.............................



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