The welding ceremony witnessed the presence of President of Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, H.E Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi
The deep rooted relationships between the two strategically aligned nations was highlighted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He underscored the defence collaboration for construction of MILGEM Class Corvettes as major milestone in Pak-Turkey defence ties.
Erdogan also underlined the Strategic Economic Framework signed between the two countries as step to enhance bilateral ties and reaffirmed Turkey’s support in the field of defence.
The Pakistan Navy’s MILGEM class corvettes will be state-of-the-art surface platforms equipped with modern surface, subsurface and anti-air weapons & sensors integrated through a network centric Combat Management System.
The contract for four MILGEM class corvettes for Pakistan Navy with concurrent Transfer of Technology (ToT) was signed with ASFAT Inc, a Turkish state owned Defence contractor in 2018.
The ToT entails construction of two corvettes at Istanbul Naval Shipyard while another two at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW).
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