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Zulfiquar-class Frigate

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The F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate (Urdu: ذوالفقار ‎ English: Sword-class), is a general purpose frigate built by Pakistan and China for the Pakistan Navy (PN). They are an adaptation of the Type 053H3 frigates of China but include elements of the Type 054 frigates as well.

The first ship, PNS Zulfiquar (251), was handed over to the PN on July 30th, 2009 and the second, PNS Shamsheer (252), on January 23rd, 2010. The third frigate, PNS Saif (253) was commissioned on Sep 15th, 2011. The fourth and last frigate of F-22P series, PNS Aslat (254) was inducted on April 17th, 2013.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type:
  • Service Period: 2009-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 404 feet (123.14 meters)
    • Beam: 45 feet (13.72 meters)
    • Draft: 12.3 feet (3.75 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,500 tons (Standard); 3,144 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 170
  • Propulsion:
    • 4 x Pielstick 16PA6STC diesel engines, 5.1 MW
    • 4 x MTU 8V396TE54 diesel generators, 680 kW each
  • Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers)
  • Speed: 29 knots (53.71 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • SUR 17 air surveillance radar
    • SR-60 air/surface search radar
    • KH 2007 navigation radar
    • Type 347 CIWS fire-control radar
    • CIWS electro-optical director
    • Radar warning receiver suite
  • Countermeasures:
    • RWD-8 intercept
    • NJ8I-3 jammer
    • Decoy flare
    • chaff launchers
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 76.2mm/60-caliber H/PJ-26 naval gun
    • 1 x 8-cell FM-90N SAM launcher
    • 2 x 4-cell C-802 SSM launchers
    • 2 x 12.75" ET-52C triple torpedo launchers
    • 2 x 6-cell RDC-32 anti-submarine rockets
    • 1 x 30mm Type 730 CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Harbin Z-9EC maritime helicopter
  • Aviation Facilities: Flight deck and enclosed hangar

Unit Run[edit]

  • PNS Zulfiquar (251)
  • PNS Shamsheer (252)
  • PNS Saif (253)
  • PNS Aslat (254)
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