Before the signature ceremony, a presentation was made about the 4 corvettes to be sold and the agreement.
Attending the signature ceremony held at the Ministry of National Defense Production in the city of Rawalpindi, representing Turkey were: Deputy Minister of National Defense of Turkey and ASFAT Inc. Chairman Şuay Alpay, Ministry of National Defense Deputy Undersecretary and ASFAT Deputy Chairman Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, The Ministry of National Defense Vice Undersecretary and ASFAT Board Member, Ambassador Basat Özturk, Istanbul Shipyard Commander Rear Admiral Erdinç Yetkin, and Turkey’s Islamabad Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul.
Before the signature ceremony, a presentation was made about the 4 corvettes to be sold and the agreement. As a result of the negotiations which started in 2015, the first purchase demand was made in 2017 and it was said that the sales negotiations took 12 days.
It was decided that 4 MİLGEM corvettes will be purchased by Pakistan, 2 of them will be built in the Istanbul Shipyard and the others will be built in Karachi.
In the first phase, a corvette each respectively to be built in Istanbul and Karachi will participate in the Pakistan Navy inventory in 2023. The other 2 ships will enter the inventory in 2024.
The production process will take 54 months for the first ship, 60 months for the second ship, 66 months on the third ship and 72 months on the last ship.
Technical information regarding the ships was also discussed in the presentation. For ships with a length of 99.56 meters and a width of 14.42 meters, the maximum speed will be 26 knots. Ships will be able to remain in water without break for 15 days.
Engineer training and the sharing of engineering knowledge of MILGEM type corvettes which have the ability to take an active role in wars, intelligence gathering, monitoring and search and rescue capacities was also incorporated in the agreement. The agreement was signed, on behalf of Turkey by Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, and on behalf of Pakistan, Ministry of National Defense Ammunition Manufacturing General Manager Major General, Arşad Mahmut, and Karachi Shipyard Commander Rear Admiral, Ather Selim.