Turkey sells four warships to Pakistan

Turkey has won the tender for the procurement of four MİLGEM (National Ship) corvettes by the Pakistani Navy, Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli declared in a press conference in Montenegro on Thursday.

Turkey and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding for the sale in May 2017, and Canikli said the tender was now finalised, defining it as Turkey’s biggest single military export deal and “a very important day” for the Turkish defense industry.

The 99.5-meter Turkish MILGEM class corvettes are anti-submarine warfare (ASW) oriented vessels designed to embark ASW/ASUW helicopters and fitted with Harpoon and RAM missiles and a 76 mm gun.

Two warships built under the MILGEM project so far, named TCG Heybeliada and TCG Buyukada, were delivered to the Turkish navy in 2011 and 2013. Construction is ongoing for TCG Burgazada and TCG Kınalıada, which are expected to start active duty in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

Turkey and Pakistan have recently deepened cooperation in the defence field. Turkish defence company Defense Technologies and Engineering (STM) won the tender to upgrade Pakistan's submarines in 2016. Also, 158-meter Pakistani Navy Fleet Tanker designed by STM and built in Karachi was commissioned in 2018 by Pakistani Navy. Lastly, they signed a deal for the  sale of 30 Turkish T129 ATAK attack helicopters in May. Shape of the 4 ships yet to finalized.

Turkey is also seeking to sell MİLGEM Class Corvettes to Latin American Countries such as Colombia and Brazil.