Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) laid the keel of 1st indigenously designed gunboat in a ceremony held at Karachi Shipyard. Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami graced the occasion as Chief Guest. This boat is part of the massive contract of 20 gunboats for the Pakistan Navy.
KS&EW is manufacturing these boats in partnership with Swift Ships. A tweet from Swift Ships says, “Swift ships is providing Value-Added #Engineering services, KITs supply, and supervisory assistance. The first boat is expected to be commissioned in 2023, and the total requirement is 20 Gun Boats for Pakistan Navy”
The indigenously designed gunboat has an overall length of 38.8 meters and a displacement of 240 tonnes. This boat is equipped with a 25 mm STOP Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun System, developed with a Turkish defense firm, Aselsan. The delivery of 1st boat is expected in the last quarter of 2023.
Karachi Shipyard Lays Keel of 1st Indigenously Designed Gun Boat pic.twitter.com/006gaNtJQv
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Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest expressed that it is a matter of great pride to witness the development of the first indigenously designed Gun Boat for the Pakistan Navy. He appraised that Pakistan Navy is aware of the evolving Geo-strategic situation in the region and will continue to enhance the naval potential to remain combat-ready to counter any nefarious designs. Chief Guest praised the joint efforts and performance of the Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan Navy, and Karachi Shipyard for achieving the historical milestone in indigenously designing the gunboat and reaffirmed PN’s resolve in mastering shipbuilding in Pakistan.