Turkish state-owned company Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) won the tender for the Pakistan Navy and received a contract for the supply of Pakistani the fleet four corvettes of the MILGEM project, reports bmpd.
Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Janikli called this agreement the country's largest export contract for the defense industry.
According to the signed contract, the first two corvettes will be built in Istanbul at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard, with delivery in 2023 year.
The construction of two other ships is planned in Pakistan (KSEW shipyard in Karachi) in 2024, with the assistance of Turkish engineers.
The resource recalls that the corvette MILGEM was the first relatively large warship (total displacement 2,3 thousand tons, length 99,6 meters) of the Turkish project. Although in fact the project was developed with the participation of the Nikolaev State CPI of shipbuilding (Ukraine).
The Turkish Navy planned to get 12 of such ships. However, so far only four corvettes have been authorized to build. The lead ship F 511 Heybeliada was introduced into the Navy in 2011 year. The second (first serial) was transferred to the fleet in 2013 year. The other two are at the Istanbul shipyard in varying degrees of readiness.
Turkish Navy, www.virahaber.com
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