Citing an analysis of Geopolitica, the EuraAisan Times reported that at least four F-22P Chinese frigates that Pakistani commissioned in July 2009 are “giving nightmares” to Pakistani Navy officers.
Di Valerio Fabbri, an American security expert for Geopolitica, said that the Pakistani Navy initially planned to place these frigates’ operations in a multi-threat environment to strengthen air defenses.
However, the Navy has detected the onboard imaging device of the FM90 (N) missile system to be defective due to the faulty indication on display. As a result, it failed to lock on to the target, making the missiles ineffective. As a result, it could not conduct one of the critical mission objectives.
In addition, these ships’ infra-red sensor (IR17) system and SR 60 radars are also reportedly defective. These are two essential sensors on board used for air and surface search.
These search and track radars showed faults during high-power transmissions, substantially degrading their operational utility. As a result, Pakistan’s Navy discarded the IR 17 sensors due to the defects.
The main engine’s defect is another common problem in the made-in-China frigates.
According to Fabbri, four diesel engines power the frigates. Their critical defect is low engine speed due to high exhaust temperatures, particularly in engines three and four of all the frigates.
It is not the first time Pakistan has faced problems with made-in-China defense equipment.
In February, the Pakistan Army had quality and reliability issues with the VT 4 main battle tanks and 203 mm towed heavy artillery guns imported from China.
Besides Pakistan, other clients have undergone similar situations with weapons acquired from the Communist regime.
For instance, the Royal Jordanian Air Force has reportedly decided to sell off its CH-4B unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) produced by the China Aerospace Science due to dissatisfaction with these UCAVs’performance.
Similarly, the Bangladesh Air Force acquired 23 Nanchang PT-6 basic trainer aircraft from China National Aero-technology Import and Export Corporation(CATIC). However, they reportedly have been found defective.
According to Alexander Vuving, a professor at a US Department of Defense institute, China’s military hardware generally lags behind that of the U.S. and Russia in terms of engines, electronics, and composite material.
Vuving told The EuraAsian Times, “China-made weapons are not just technologically inferior, they also remain untested on the battlefield, unlike weapons from the US and many of its allies, as well as those from Russia.”
According to Vuving, countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh take the weapon quality as just a part of the decision to buy Chinese military equipment.
He said, “For many countries in the Third World, their most significant considerations in arms procurement are price and politics, with corruption playing a prominent role. For example, China can offer weapons at a low cost, with hefty discounts or bribes for officials in charge of the procurement and go-between individuals.”