Pakistan Navy to Purchase Stealth Frigates From China Admiral ZakaUllah
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As one of the main recipients of Chinese arms, Pakistan has confirmed that it would buy eight stealth attack submarines valued at $4 to $5 billion from China, as The Diplomat reported in late 2016. Recently, Pakistan’s top naval official revealed that new contracts have been signed to acquire frigates from China, in addition to the eight submarines.
On October 7, Pakistan’s naval chief Muhammad Zakaullah officially handed over command to Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi in a ceremony held in Islamabad. In his farewell address, Admiral Zakaullah said that new vessels are being inducted while contracts have been signed to acquire frigates from China, in order to strengthen the Pakistani navy. However, he didn’t disclose the type of the frigates or any other details in his speech. In addition, he mentioned again that Pakistan’s navy is buying eight submarines from China, according to Pakistan’s English-language newspaper Dawn.
As the Chinese government remains reticent about the information, Chinese media said this is the first time that Pakistan confirmed the contracts and assumed that Pakistan is more likely to have purchased Chinese new type of frigates with a displacement of more than 4,000 tons and features of integrated mast and vertical launch system. China and Pakistan maintain close military-to-military cooperation.