China exports warship to Pak., to be deployed in Indian Ocean

What is the News?

China has handed over the first Type 054A/P frigate (warship) named PNS Tughril to Pakistan. 

What is PNS Tughril?

PNS Tughril is the largest and most advanced warship that China has ever exported. It is designed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC).

What are the key features of PNS Tughril?

Firstly, the ship is a highly capable platform with enormous surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and underwater firepower, besides extensive surveillance potentials.

Secondly, the ship has world-class stealth capability and can easily dodge any radar.

Thirdly, it also has long-range missiles and a state-of-the-art cannon capable of firing multiple rounds in a minute.

Lastly, the warship is also fitted with a state-of-the-art Battle Management System (BMS), which will increase the fighting capability of the Pakistan Navy manifold.

Note: Battle Management System(BMS) helps share battalion-level land and air-land combat information on the battlefield.

What are the concerns for India?

This will strengthen Pakistan Navy’s capabilities to respond to maritime challenges to ensure seaward defence in the Indian Ocean region.

Moreover, the ship’s delivery to Pakistan is also China’s way of stepping up its naval presence in the Indian Ocean.

Source: This post is based on the articleChina exports warship to Pak., to be deployed in the Indian Oceanpublished by The Hindu on 12th November 2021.

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