Pakistan will receive the first of four F-22P frigates, equipped with modern weapons and anti- submarine helicopters, from China in August this year while the second warship is slated for delivery in December. "Construction of the first two ships has already been completed and they will be delivered to Pakistan Navy in August and December this year after successful completion of ongoing trials," a statement issued by the Pakistan navy said on Thursday.
"Weapons systems to be installed on the first ship have been successfully demonstrated at the optimum performances and ranges," it said.
Construction of the third F-22P frigate is progressing according to schedule at Hudong in Shanghai. This ship was successfully launched in Shanghai on May 28 during a ceremony attended by Pakistani and Chinese officials.
The construction of the fourth ship started in March at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works and it will be delivered to the navy in April 2013.
The frigates are equipped with modern weapons and sensors and will carry Z9EC anti-submarine helicopters. The first batch of two helicopters has arrived in Pakistan. The navy said the induction of the frigates will enhance its war-fighting potential and strengthen the indigenous ship-building capability of the country.