PNS Tughril (Type 054A/P) Frigate

PNS Tughril (Type 054A/P) frigate classified as Tughril-class frigates for Pakistan Navy. The Tughril class ships are major surface combatant warships, designed for intense anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine operations in the high seas. It is also loaded with multifunction electronically scanned array radar on top of the main superstructure.

PNS Tughril is designed and built by China. It is the largest and most advanced warship China has ever exported. The over 4,000 tonnes, 440 feet long frigates are armed with a 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS), equipped with the HHQ-16 SAMs and the Yu-8 ASROCs, 2×4 ASCM launchers armed with the CM-302 supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, PJ-26 76 mm main naval gun, 2×3 Anti-Submarine Torpedo launchers, 2×6 Type 87 Anti-Submarine rocket launchers, two Type 726-4 18-tube decoy rocket launchers and two Type 1130 CIWS.

If it is Compared to previous Chinese frigates, the new ship has better air defense capability and a larger amount of missiles with a longer range, Zhang, noting that the Type 054A frigate also has world-class stealth capability. It will be bolstering the Pakistan Navy’s maritime defense capabilities (Pakistan Navy Statement).

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