With below mentioned shopping list of PN in recent years and keeping the budget constrains in consideration, maybe they will opt for lease options and IMO, PN will be eyeing on PLAN assets (DDGs) when they will be available and same being rumored around PN circles too.Well this news has made me stand up and look!!! The outgoing CNS certainly has rattled the region with this announcement. Six heavy class Destroyers is no joke and if the recent procurement contracts are anything to go by, it means that the Destroyers would be of Chinese origin.
PN recently done an extensive shopping keeping in view the budget constraints ,,,,
8 SSKs (Qiung Class)
4 FFGs (054A/P)
4 FFGs/Corvettes (Milgem Class)
2 + 2 OPVs (Damen Class)
3 + 3 MPAs ( RAS-72 Sea Eagle)
2 Cutters for PMSA (054 Class)
4 Cutters for PMSA (056 Class)
6 MPVs for PMSA (600 Tons Maritime Patrol Vessels)
1 + 1 Fleet replenishment Tanker
SSKs (Agosta 90Bs) under process
F22Ps - Yet to start
With above mentioned list the chances for NEW acquisitions are less but there are talks/rumors in PN circles for leasing some DDGs in coming years, IMO they are eyeing on PLAN assets when they will be available.
No, F-22Ps would be upgraded....To top that off, Jinnah Class "Frigates" will constitute further addition to Pakistan Navy's frigate fleet, aside from Milgem and Type-054. Whether the Jinnah Class frigates will replace F-22Ps or would be in addition to it, remains to be seen. Whatever the case, it is clear that Pakistan Navy is going grow larger than it has been historically.
2 - 3 more Sea Ports are in consideration under CPEC in Baluchistan and Sindh.It is an ominous sign, that Pakistan will protect CPEC at all costs. With a 700+ km coastline, three major Sea Ports, two of which are in close proximity to india. It is definitely a serious modernization program for Pakistan Navy.