Pakistan self-sufficient in defence ship building

KARACHI: Managing Director Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, Rear Admiral Ather Saleem has said that different projects underway at KS&EW are manifestation of indigenization and self-sufficiency of the country in defence ship building.
Rear Admiral Ather Saleem said this during a contract signing ceremony of indigenously designed Gun Boat and Tugs that was held here at Ministry of Defence Production.
Rear Admiral Ather Saleem and Director General Munitions Production, Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Qaiser Janjua signed the contracts. Maj General Akif Iqbal, Additional Secretary Defence Production, and Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) were also present at the occasion, said a press statement.
The Gun Boat possessing stealth features, armor protection and capable of achieving high speed will be indigenously designed by Pakistan Navy, while its construction will be undertaken by KS&EW. Additionally, two tugs equipped with state of the art machinery, adept to operate in rough weather and capable to conduct salvage operations, will also be constructed.
Speaking at the occasion, MD KS&EW highlighted that projects are manifestation of indigenization and self-sufficiency in defence ship building. He also underlined that presently various vessels are under construction at KS&EW including MILGEM Corvette, Fast Attack Craft (Missile) and tugs for Pakistan Navy and Maritime Patrol Vessel for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.
The DG Munitions Production appreciated the management and workforce of KS&EW for ensuring successful and timely delivery of vessels in the past while ensuring highest quality international standards.
The ceremony was attended by various officials from Ministry of Defence Production and Pakistan Navy. – TLTP

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