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How Turkish shipyard ASFAT is engaging in Pakistan’s maritime expansion

15th December 2023 - 14:58 GMT | by Giovanni Rasio


Along with Pakistan, ASFAT has been targeting future growth in Vietnam and the Philippines. (Photo: ASFAT)

Since delivering the first Babur-class corvette last September, ASFAT has targeted future growth in the Indo-Pacific market by engaging in a new project with Pakistan for future frigates.

ASFAT, the Turkish state-owned defence contractor and shipyard operator, was awarded a contract to build four corvettes for the Pakistani Navy in July 2018 as part of its PN MILGEM programme. The programme envisioned the simultaneous construction of two ships at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard and two ships at Karachi Shipyard (KS&EW) in Pakistan.

Based on the Ada-class design, steel was cut for the lead ship, Babur (F280), on 29 September 2019 at Istanbul Naval Shipyard. The vessel was launched on 15 August 2021 and delivered on 23 September 2023.

Speaking to reporters during a naval press tour hosted

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Giovanni Rasio


Giovanni Rasio

Giovanni Rasio is a Senior Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service. Before …

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