Pakistan’s 4th and final Milgem-class corvette hits the water in Karachi

Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) has launched the fourth and final Milgem-class corvette for the Pakistan Navy.


As informed, the vessel PNS Tariq was launched on 2 August. The ceremony was attended by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Turkish Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz, Pakistan’s Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, and other high-ranking representatives from Pakistan and Turkiye. The keel for the final corvette of this class was laid last November.

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In July 2018, Pakistan Navy signed an agreement with Turkish firm ASFAT for the acquisition of four Milgem-class ships. Under the contract, two ships were to be constructed at Istanbul Naval Shipyard and the other two at KS&EW.

The Milgem-class corvettes for Pakistan are based on the Ada-class corvettes built for the Turkish Navy under the Milgem project, which includes constructing both corvettes and frigates.

The units feature a length of 99 metres, a displacement of 2,400 tonnes and can reach a speed of 29 nautical miles. They are equipped with advanced surface, sub-surface and anti-air weapons and sensors, integrated through an advanced network-centric combat management system.

The lead Milgem-class corvette was launched at Istanbul Naval Shipyard in August last year. The four vessels are planned for delivery between 2023 and 2025.