PM terms ‘MILGEM Class Corvette PNS BADR launching ‘historic’

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By Senior Reporter

Karachi: Launching Ceremony of MILGEM Class Corvette PNS BADR held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW). Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif attended event as Chief Guest.

Newly launched corvette is equipped with state of art weapons and sensors including surface to surface, surface to air missiles and anti-submarine weapons, which would significantly boost Pakistan Navy’s defensive and offensive capabilities. Contract for construction of four MILGEM Corvettes for PN was signed between DGMP and ASFAT in 2018; wherein, two ships will be constructed at Istanbul Naval Shipyard (INSY), Turkey and other two ships at KSEW, Pakistan. In this regard, 1st Ship of project, PNS BABUR was launched at Turkey in August 2021.

PM expressed it a historic occasion as Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy, Karachi Shipyard and ASFAT of Turkey had jointly supported construction of this state of the art platform. Prime Minister appreciated performance of KSEW and reiterated that indigenisation is at forefront of our national policy and it is very encouraging to see modern warships being built in Pakistan. He highlighted that MILGEM Project will enable acquisition of much needed design and construction capability for future needs and export potential.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his message extended felicitation on timely completion of ongoing Pakistan-Turkey MILGEM project despite Covid endemic. He highlighted that MILGEM project is manifestation of deep rooted historical ties and willingness to share of expertise in defence industry between two brotherly countries.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi underscored that Pakistan’s geographical position and current geo strategic environment demands building of a strong Navy to defend maritime interests. Our sea trade routes and vast Exclusive Economic Zone needs to be effectively safeguarded. Naval Chief underlined PN MILGEM Ships will play an important role in catering operational needs of Pakistan Navy. He highlighted that Karachi Shipyard is one of few public sector organisations that made remarkable turnaround during last decade. Growth of such a heavy engineering and shipbuilding complex, paves way for broadening technological base of country in maritime domain, which is essentially required for future development of Pakistan.

Earlier MD KSEW, Rear Admiral Ather Saleem highlighted Karachi Shipyard is fully cognisant and aligned with goals set forth by government, Navy for pursuing self-reliance in naval shipbuilding sector. PN MILGEM corvette is a testimony of our commitment to this national cause.

Minister of National Defence Turkey and other high ranking government officials of Pakistan and Turkey, Pakistan Navy and KSEW attended event.