Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pakistan Navy Clarifies News about Prchase of USS Mclnerney

The Naval Headquarters has clarified a news item published on 21 April, 2010, in The News pertaining to transfer of guided missile frigate from the US to the Pakistan Navy.Denying that Pakistan will have to pay $78 million for the purchase of 30 years old frigate, the headquarters, in a press release on Monday, said that as a matter of fact the guided missile frigate USS Mclnerney would be transferred from the US to Pakistan Navy under Foreign Military Funding (FMF). The FMF is allocated to all the three services of Armed Forces through Joint Services Headquarters.

It is pertinent to mention that the Government of Pakistan will not bear even a single dollar for the said frigate. The $64.77 million, which include cost of ship, refurbishment, ammunition and ship’s crew training, would be paid through the FMF.A contract has been signed between the Unites States and Pakistan for the transfer of USS Mclnerney in this regard. The contract will enable Pakistan to take over USS Mclnerney at US Naval Station Mayport, Florida, on August 31 this year after which it will be commissioned as PNS Alamgir. A comprehensive refurbishment of the ship will be undertaken under the supervision of the US Navy, which will be completed by Dec 2010.

Successful culmination of this contract will also pave way for acquisition of more ships of same class for the Pakistan Navy to raise a squadron of 8 Perry class Frigates. This will greatly enhance operational readiness of Pakistan Navy. It is re-emphasised that government of Pakistan will not pay a single dollar for the first ship and the subsequent seven ships, which the Pakistan Navy will


Oh so this will be bought it the change in Pakistans beggar bowl?

But these ships have been stripped of any surface to air capability, and are hardly comparable to Indian Kora class corvettes.

But Beggars can't be choosers.

Heard the french have slapped a ban on exports for JF-17 thunder?

I wonder why the Pakis aren't buying the Chinese junk avionics and radars/weapons.

Maybe because Chinese weapons are junk, especially their avionics.

But Pakis keeps bragging about a Chinese metal frame, with rubbish equipment that even the Chinese don't want.

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