Senate’s standing committee on Defence Production held a meeting at parliament house. Senate’s standing committee on Defence Production headed by the Senator Lt Gen (Retd) Javed Asharaf Qazi and other senaters who attended the meeting were Deputy Chairman Senate Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali and Senators Sardar Ali Khan, Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq, Prof. Khurshid Ahmed, Haji Muhammad Adeel, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani and Ch. Shujaat Hussain.
Senate’s standing committee on Defence Production was briefed by the Ministry of Defense Production that 4th F-22P frigate produced indigenously with help of Chinese in Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works. Committee was informed that 4th frigate will be ready for formal induction into the Pakistan Navy by June 2011.
Senate’s body on defense production was also briefed about the recently started project of development of Fast Missile Carrier Craft to meet the needs of Pakistan Navy for small ship for costal defense.Senate’s body on defense production was also briefed about the Military Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (MVRDE).
Senator Lt Gen (Retd) Javed Asharaf Qazi after the meeting has told the media that they did not recommend proposed joint development and production of the submarines with China even though they felt that it is absolutely necessary for the Pakistan Navy because of lack of funds.
Pakistan Navy has recently retired four older submarines which has left it with only five active submarines. India on the other hand has ordered six new submarines from france and is looking to place for another six submarines.
India has also leased an advance nuclear powered submarine from Russia and is looking to develop three to four nuclear powered submarines locally with active help from Russia. Indian Navy has also placed orders for 12 US P-8I anti submarine warfare aircraft and is looking for another 6 medium weight anti submarine warfare aircrafts.