Xinggang Shipyard of China has started the construction of the first of two missile boats for the Pakistan Navy. Ceremony was attended by the Pakistan Navy’s Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz Ahmed .
According to the agreement first missile boat will be produced at the Xinggang Shipyard in Tianjin and 2nd will be produced under transfer of technology by the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works in Pakistan.
These new missile boats are planned to be equipped with Chinese Type 730-B CIWS a 7 barrel 30mm Gatling gun which can fire 5800 rounds per minute and have a range of about 3 kilometers against antiship missiles. Pakistani F-22P Sword class Frigates are also equipped with same weapons systems.
Missile boa equipped with the eight C-802A anti ship missile which can destroy enemy ships at a range of 180km with its 165kg warhead.
Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works is also manafacturing 4th F-22P frigate under license from China.According to plans first missile boat s likely to be complete by October 2011.