KSEW shipyard lays keel for Pakistan's third Azmat-class patrol boat

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KSEW shipyard lays keel for Pakistan's third Azmat-class patrol boat
Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International
11 August 2015

First-in-class missile patrol craft PNS , sister ship of the third-in-class vessel that was launched on 11 August 2015. Source: Pakistan Navy

Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) Limited has launched the country's third Azmat-class missile-capable patrol craft, the company announced on 12 August.

The 63 m vessel was launched on 11 August in a ceremony presided over by the navy's vice chief of staff, Vice Admiral Hasham Bin Saddique.

In 2010, Pakistan signed a government-to-government agreement with China for two Azmat-class vessels. As reported by IHS Jane's in April 2012, under the contract terms the second hull, PNS Deshat (1014), would be built at KSEW's facility in Karachi with China's co-operation under a technology transfer arrangement. Deals for boats three and four were signed in June 2013 and June 2014 respectively, with construction to take place in Karachi supported by Chinese collaboration.

According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , the Azmat class is armed with eight (two quad) launchers, mounted athwartships, for the 180 km range C-802A surface-to-surface missile. The ships also carry a twin 37 mm gun mounting forward, and a stern-facing Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system for protection against incoming threats. Point defence is also provided by two 12.7 mm machine guns.

The weapons fit is complemented by a Type 347G radar and electro-optical fire director and a Type 360 surveillance radar.

Powered by four diesel engines, the platform has a top speed of 30 kt and a standard range of 1,000 n miles.
KSEW shipyard lays keel for Pakistan's third Azmat-class patrol boat - IHS Jane's 360
 

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