The targeted nations are Afghanistan, Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria and Tajikistan, with Crimea and the Russian North Caucasus in the emerging bloc’s large-range gunsights. – RR

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Daily Sabah
November 27, 2022

Turkish-built corvettes to add strength to Pakistan’s littoral defense: Navy commander

Turkish-made corvettes tailored for the Pakistan Navy are set to contribute greatly…, Commander of the Pakistan Navy Adm. Muhammed Amjad Khan Niazi said Sunday.

Niazi [asserted that the] corvette’s launching ceremony was held, that those vessels will “keep enemies at distance.”

Expressing that military weakness will bring “aggression,” Niazi said: “But power keeps your enemies at a distance. For this reason, MILGEM corvettes will significantly strengthen the Pakistan Navy and defense.”

…Niazi pointed out that the ships are equipped with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air weapon systems.

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The Pakistan Navy commander said that the two countries have long-term relations based on…brotherhood….

“The two countries stood by each other in times of need. We stood side by side in all international events and issues that the two countries faced,” he added.

Niazi stated that his country and Türkiye became closer in the field of defense in recent years and that the MILGEM project is proof of this.

Pointing out that the armed forces of the two countries share mutual knowledge and expertise, Niazi noted that the Pakistan Naval Supply Ship (PNS MOAWIN), the Pakistan Agosta 90B Submarine Modernization, “Super Mushshak” trainer aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) provide the evidence of strong friendship and military cooperation.

The launching ceremony of the third ship, built as part of the Pakistan MILGEM project, was held on Nov. 25 in Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, at the ceremony held for the event, stressed what he said was a strong mutual will between Türkiye and Pakistan to further expand their defense cooperation.

“The solidarity between us is strengthening day by day with a strategic perspective decisively based on the…potential of the two countries,” Erdoğan affirmed, adding that the defense industry is one of the important pillars of this cooperation.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif…thanked Erdoğan and the people of Türkiye for always standing behind Pakistan in difficult situations every time.

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Pakistan is trying to increase its naval capacity because of its tense relations with its neighbor India for decades.

The MILGEM marine platforms project is a Turkish warship program that aims to develop multipurpose corvettes and frigates that can be deployed in a range of missions. These include reconnaissance, surveillance, early warning, anti-submarine warfare, surface-to-surface- and surface-to-air warfare, and amphibious operations.

The project has so far completed the deliveries of four Ada-class corvettes to the Turkish Navy, the first of which was the TCG Heybeliada in 2011, the second was the TCG Büyükada in 2013, the third the TCG Burgazada in 2018 and the fourth ship, the TCG Kınalıada in 2019.

The fifth vessel, the first MILGEM I-class frigate of its kind, the Istanbul Frigate (F-515), was launched in January last year.

Pakistan signed an agreement with Türkiye for four MILGEM corvettes in 2018.

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The corvettes are equipped with surface-to-air guided missile systems, surface-to-surface guided missile systems, a 76-millimeter main battery cannon, a torpedo launch system, a close air defense system (CIWS), a total of two 25 mm STOP Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun Systems….

The first MILGEM is targeted to be delivered to the Pakistan Navy in 2023.