Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker, PNS MOAWIN, which is designed by Turkish state owned defence company STM and built by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW) has conducted her maiden voyage for sea trials.
According to official announcement by STM; the vessel left the Port of Karachi under its own power, and under the command of the Commanding Officer, exited the harbour and channel and entered the Indian Ocean. Aboard the PNFT for its first cruise were the crew and Karachi Shipyard personnel, as well as 30 personnel from STM and a number of representatives of other Turkish companies. The vessel has been named PNS MOAWIN by the Pakistan Navy.
The contract signed between STM, as the main contractor, and Pakistan Ministry of Defense Production on 22 January 2013 in response to the requirements of Pakistan Navy.
Also STM stated in ist website that “This project is the first in the naval ship construction between two friendly and brotherly countries, Pakistan and Turkey, and a very important, distinguished and unique co-operation project in the field of defense and shipbuilding industry and also lead partnership in realization of similar defense projects in near future.
The Fleet Tanker (displacement of 15.600 tones, approximately length of 155 m, speed of 20 kts and with a replenishment-at-sea system (RAS / FAS) and a helicopter landing / take-off capability) will be completed in four years. The respective design activities have been performed in Turkey and shipbuilding and outfitting activities have been carried out by KS & EW in Pakistan with the kit of material transferred from Turkey.”
STM is now also close to be awarded for another contract from Pakistan Navy for 4 MİLGEM Corvette Project.
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Turkish defence company STM made an announcement on 28 February and stated that they have signed a contract with Pakistan Government to upgrade the Pakistan Navy’s second (of three) Agosta 90B submarine.
Accordingly, the project for the modernization of Agosta 90B class submarines was expanded by the addition of the modernization of the second submarine ship. Various additional systems, including the first submarine vessel, were added to the configuration, while all systems in the main contract were equally in the configuration of the second submarine vessel. In addition, the third submarine vessel and various additional systems with the contract amendment were also taken as options.
Pakistan signed for the three Agosta 90Bs in 1994 with the French company Naval Group (former DCNS). The lead-ship , PNS Khalid, was delivered to Pakistan in 1999, with the PNS Saad and PNS Hamza arriving in 2003 and 2006, respectively. These will be joined by eight new Hangor-class submarines (potentially S26) acquired from China by 2028.
The first submarine will be delivered in 2020. The modernization activities will be carried out on Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) owned by the Pakistan Navy.
Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production (MoDP) informed Turkey’s state-owned news agency Anadolu Agency that Pakistan’s potential purchase of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T129 ATAK attack helicopters and four MILGEM (Milli Gemi: National Warship) naval vessels were major subjects of discussion between two countries.
The Turkish defence contractor STM is the prime contractor managing the 17,000-ton Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT) program at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works. STM is now hoping to extend its work with Pakistan to long-term programs, most notably the MILGEM.
Based on the MoDP’s recent statements, the next marquee project involving STM will be the procurement of four MILGEM ships for the Pakistan Navy (PN). In May 2017, STM CEO Davut Yilmaz had told Anadolu Agency that the ships would be a variant of the Ada corvette incorporating subsystems from Pakistan. The overall value of the program would be roughly $1 billion U.S. Pakistan signed a letter-of-intent to procure the vessels in May during the 2017 International Defence Exhibition and Fair in Istanbul.
According to the news; the process is completed and construction of the ship will start in the near future. Two of the four ships will be constructed at Turkey and other two in Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW).