Pakistan Navy ship SAIF is on its goodwill visit to Sri Lanka from November 26-29, as both Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy warm diplomatic and strong military ties. As part of goodwill, Pakistan Navy ships frequently pay port visits to Sri Lanka.
These visits further strengthen the existing strong relationship between both the countries, a press release from Colombo said. Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF is the third ship of Zulfiquar Class Frigates, which has been built in China and commissioned on September 15 last year.
SAIF, being the front line ship of Pakistan Navy, is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and machinery, making it capable of undertaking all kinds of maritime operations at sea during war and peace.
In pursuit of promoting bilateral relations, Pakistan Navy provides a number of training courses for Sri Lankan Navy personnel.
To enhance the interoperability, Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF will conduct a Passage Exercise with the Sri Lankan Navy, upon conclusion of the port visit. Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF will also be visiting Malaysia and Maldives after conclusion of its visit in Srilanka as a part of its visit to the other friendly regional countries.
PNS Zulfiqar is armed with eight C-802A antiShip missiles and eight Ready to fire FM-90 surface-to-air missiles. F-22P uses the Russian AK-176M 76.2 mm as its main gun. F-22P has a stealthier platform as it uses many of the Type 054 frigate's Radar Cross Sectional (RCS) reduction concepts. Two 30 mm seven barrel gattling guns make up the CIWS.