Pakistan launches indigenously built FAC-M-4

By Staff Reporter
Sunday – December 1, 2019
KARACHI: The launching ceremony of first indigenously designed Fast Attack Craft - Missile - 4 (FAC-M-4) being built for Pakistan Navy (PN) was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW), on Wednesday.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, FAC-M-4 is a state of the art, multi mission vessel having length of 63 metres and displacement of over 560 tons.

It is propelled by 4 shafts and has speed of 30 knots. It will be equipped with indigenously developed anti-ship missiles and sensors. The vessel has been indigenously designed by Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC).

The defence production (DP) minister, Zobaida Jalal, gracing the occasion as the chief guest, congratulated PN, MTC and KSEW for this remarkable achievement towards the national goal of indigenisation and self-reliance.

She said that KSEW is one of the few public sector industries which have made remarkable turnaround in the last decade and transformed into a sustainable profit generating entity of DP ministry.

She added that in view of future economic growth of the country, ministry is vigorously pursuing establishment of new shipyards. She noted that this missile craft will effectively safeguard the sea frontiers of the country.

Earlier, KSEW managing director (MD) Rear Admiral Ather Saleem in his welcome address thanked Jalal and PN for their continued support. He added that during recent years, KSEW completed various projects at par with international quality standards.

As a result, PN has reposed its confidence in Karachi Shipyard by awarding construction contracts for MILGEM Class ships, HANGOR class submarines and Bollard Tugs.

Construction of both Tugs has commenced while preparations for construction of MILGEM class ships and HANGOR class submarines are progressing as per plan.

He assured that KSEW is committed to complete all these challenging projects on time, within allocated budget while meeting international quality standard.

The ceremony was attended by large number high ranking officials, dignitaries from federal and provisional governments, PN and KSEW.