Pakistan to Commission First Tughril Class Frigate

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Pakistan to Commission First Tughril Class Frigate Next Month
Pakistan to Commission First Tughril Class Frigate Next Month

The commissioning ceremony of the lead-ship of the Tughril-Class of Guided Missile Frigates of the Pakistan Navy, PNS TUGHRIL, will take place in November 2021. This is the third Pakistan Navy warship to hold the name PNS Tughril after an O-Class Destroyer (1951) and a Gearing-Class Destroyer (1980).

The Tughril Class are Pakistan-specific, upgraded variants of the Type 054A FFGs, state-of-the-art major surface combatant warships, the most modern frigates ever developed by China and are designed for intense anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine operations in the high seas. The over 4,000 tonne, 440 feet long warships will be armed with a 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS), equipped with the HHQ-16 SAMs and the Yu-8 ASROCs, 2×4 ASCM launchers armed with the CM-302 supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, a PJ-26 76 mm main naval gun, 2×3 Anti-Submarine Torpedo launchers, 2×6 Type 87 Anti-Submarine rocket launchers, two Type 726-4 18-tube decoy rocket launchers and two Type 1130 CIWS.

The Pakistan Navy Type 054Ps might get delivered with advanced Z-9D Maritime ASW/ASuW helicopters.

Avionics include an SR2410C 3D multifunction ESA (electronically scanned array) radar on top of the main superstructure and the Type 517 (SUR17B) long-range air search radar on top of the helicopter hangar.

The Type 054Ps also feature a state-of-the-art combat management system capable of integrated naval battlegroup formation operations with the rest of the Pakistani naval fleet. Avionics include a VLO AI Radar, a 3D AESA radar, SATCOM, Link Green, sensors and advanced Electronic Warfare, ECM, and ESM modules.

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