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Type 054A/P frigate of Pakistan Navy will use Chinese CM-501GA anti-ship missiles from Z-9EC helicopter.

| 2021

According to information published by the "TIMESNOWNEWS.COM" on December 29, 2021, the Type 054A/P frigate of the Pakistani will use a Chinese-made Z-9EC helicopter armed with CM-501GA anti-ship missiles.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Pakistan Navy first type 054A/P frigate. (Picture source Twitter Loongnaval)

According to open sources information, the Pakistan Navy ordered four Type 054A/P frigates to China. The first Type 054A/P for Pakistan was launched on 22 August 2020 while the second frigate was launched on 29 January 2021. In November 2021, Navy Recognition has reported that Pakistan Navy has commissioned the first Chinese-made Type 054A Guided Missile Frigate PNS Tughri.

The Harbin Z-9 is an attack helicopter produced by the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group. The Z-9EC is an anti-submarine warfare variant developed for the Pakistan Naval Air Arm. The helicopter is equipped with ASW torpedoes and a mix of sensors and radars to find, track and destroy enemy submarines.

The CM-501GA is an anti-ship missile manufactured in China by the company China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation. The design of the missile is based on CM501G, a land attack missile first revealed during the 9th Zhuhai Airshow held in November 2012. The CM-501GA is a lighter version and only has a range of 40 km compared to the CM501G missile which has a firing range of 70 km.

The CM-501GA uses TV/infrared imaging combined with end-guided guidance and uses the inertial navigation system that may be assisted by the global satellite navigation system for cruise guidance. The CM-501GA missile is 2 meters long and has a diameter of 180 mm. It weighs 100 kilograms and uses a 20-kilogram high-explosive warhead with a range of 5-40 kilometers. The manufacturer claims that its hit accuracy can be controlled within 1 meter and the hit rate is 90%.

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