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ASFAT Delivers PNS Babur to Pakistan Navy

Türkiye’s leading defense firm, ASFAT, has delivered PNS Babur, the lead ship of Babur class corvettes to the Pakistan Navy, during a ceremony held at Istanbul Naval Shipyard on September 23rd, 2023. The official ceremony was attended by the defense ministers of Pakistan and Türkiye along with the officials from the navies of both countries and ASFAT.

PNS Babur is the lead ship of the 4 Babur class corvettes, being manufactured by ASFAT at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard, Türkiye.

“During his address, the Defense Minister of Pakistan admired the collaboration of the Ministry of Defence Production Pakistan, the Ministry of National Defense of Türkiye, M/s ASFAT, and the Pakistan Navy for synergized efforts to make the project a success and congratulated all teams on the successful commissioning of 1st MILGEM Ship. He added that the relationship between Pakistan and Türkiye is unique because of deep-rooted historical ties between the two brotherly countries, hence cooperation shall continue in future as well”, Pakistan Navy’s press release said.
PN press release also mentioned that:
Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi underlined that PN MILGEM Ships fitted with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors will play a key role in maintaining peace and stability in the region. He expressed his gratitude for enhanced collaboration in defence production especially in Maritime domain between the two countries. The Admiral stated that in line with Govt Policies, Pakistan Navy has adopted indigenization of platforms and hence it is very satisfying to see modern warships being built in collaboration with brotherly country Türkiye.


About PNS Babur (F-280)

The general characteristics of this ship include:

  • Displacement: 2,985 tonnes
  • Length: 108.2 meters
  • Draft: 4.05 meters
  • Beam: 14.8 meters
  • Max speed: 26 knots
  • Range: 4000 nautical miles
  • Crew: 93+40Gökdeniz CIWS

This ship is equipped with several subsystems of the Turkish & Pakistani defense companies including Havelsan’s ADVENT combat management system, Meteksan’s Yakamos 2020 hull-mounted SONAR system and Aselsan’s Ares 2N ESM system.

As part of its anti-air capabilities, PNS Babur will be armed with MBDA’s Albatros NG air defence system and Gökdeniz CIWS. 

Umair Aslam
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and the South Asian Arms race.

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