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[*] posted on 12-5-2017 at 12:08 PM
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IDEF 2017: MiLGEM corvettes for Pakistan

11th May 2017 - 17:58

by Tim Fish in Istanbul



Turkey is likely to seal an export contract for four National Ship (MiLGEM) corvettes to Pakistan.

An agreement was signed at IDEF on 10 May between Turkish shipbuilder STM and Pakistan's Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW), which would be the company that would build some of the MiLGEM vessels.

A spokesperson from STM said that the deal is about 90% complete and SSM announced that a second agreement on the ships is expected in Pakistan on 30 June. So it looks like the Pakistan Navy found the funding from somewhere after almost a decade of looking for a suitable new corvette.

Pakistan has been interested in MiLGEM for some time, formally announcing an intention that it wants to buy them in 2016.

Apart from the extent to which KSEW can build the ships, it is not clear what modifications will be made to the design or what western systems that are fitted on the Turkish Navy's Ada-class MiLGEM corvettes will be allowed to be exported to Pakistan as well.

Questions remain, including the radar and torpedoes it would use and what other subsystems options are available. It should not be a problem as it is likely that permission would be granted to secure modern systems for its ships by building on its existing relationships with western suppliers – either that or it will have to source from elsewhere.

According to STM the cost of the programme is $1bn, about $250m per ship. These will replace the Pakistan Navy's six ageing Type 21 (Amazon-class) frigates that were transferred from the UK in the 1990s and had already been in Royal Navy service since the 1970s.

This shows a deepening of the defence industrial relationship between Pakistan and Turkey following an earlier contract awarded to STM for the upgrade of the Pakistan Navy's three Agosta 90B submarines under a contract signed in June 2016 with and a project to deliver a fleet replenishment tanker, both with STM as prime contractor.

The tanker was launched in August 2016, but has yet to enter service. The project has been underway for three years in what has been described as a very challenging programme because of the environmental conditions in Pakistan, in particular the sulphur corrosion caused by the 38° temperatures and 90% humidity.

The 15,602t 158.4m-long tanker is fitted with a fast replenishment-at-sea system from Rolls-Royce and has two close-in-weapon systems, ESM, decoys, I- and F-band radar, infrared tracking, two 25mm stabilised guns and a naval combat management system.
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[*] posted on 17-5-2017 at 09:51 AM


Pakistan to Get Hi-Tech Ships to Defend Gwadar and Karachi Ports

(Source: TechJuice Pakistan; posted May 15, 2017)

By Ali Leghari


The Turkish Navy’s Ada-class corvette was developed by the STM shipyard under the country’s MILGEM project, and is also being marketed to Saudi Arabia and to Colombia. (STM photo)

A letter of Intent was inked between Pakistan and Turkey for the sale of four Hi-tech Turkish MILGEM Ada Corvettes to the Pakistan Navy. Pakistan will use these MILGEM Ada Corvettes to guard both its Gwadar and Karachi ports from external threats.

The letter was signed by Pakistan’s Minister of Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Turkey’s Minister of Defence Fikri Işık and Turkish defense contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Muhendislik Ve Ticaret.

The contract will be finalized by June 30, 2017.

About MILGEM Ada Corvette

It is a modern combat warship with indigenous anti-submarine warfare and high-seas patrol capabilities. The design of the ship helps it to remain hidden. It has 2 squad anti-ship missile launchers with a 76mm main gun and a point-defense missile system in the Rolling Airframe Missile.

“Each MILGEM Ada would have cost $300 million but Pakistan is planning to use its own industry for some of the equipment, the price will drop to $250 million per ship”, said STM CEO Davut Yilma.

Apart from Pakistan, many other countries are trying to buy these Corvette from Turkey which includes countries like Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Canada.

Moreover, security has been tightened in Gwadar due to the terrorist attack by unknown assailants on workers. In the aftermath of that attack, 8 workers were killed by terrorists.

The Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sanaullah Zehri said, “the conspiracy of creating obstacles in the way of progress and prosperity in Balochistan will be foiled at all costs”.

Government’s recent move indicates that Pakistan is looking to replace US subsystems with the alternate technology from Turkey and China. Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) will be involved in MILGEM Ada Corvette project and will assemble the ships using manufactured kits from Turkey and integrate its own weapon into the ships.

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Pakistan shops for warships to replace British frigates, modernize Navy

By: Usman Ansari   6 hours ago


The Xuchang, a Type 054A frigate of China's People's Liberation Army Navy.

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Navy is acquiring new warships as part of a fleet expansion and modernization program to replace six Type 21 frigates acquired from the British in the 1990s.
The service also seeks to meet increasing domestic requirements while maintaining regional security commitments.

A naval spokesman told Defense News that a “contract has been placed in June 2017” for one Type 054A Jiangkai II frigate featuring the same sensors and weaponry as Chinese ships. An order for two more is under consideration.

The Type 054A forms the backbone of China’s naval force. The 29th was launched in December.

A protracted program for Turkish corvettes is also moving forward. A contract for four Ada-class corvettes under the Turkish Milgem program was awarded in the final week of November. Negotiations continue on whether all four will be constructed in Turkey, or two in Pakistan, but a decision is pending.

An initial request has also been made for up to two corvettes from U.S.-based Swiftships. “Initial negotiations are underway,” according to the naval spokesman, but further progress depends on U.S. congressional approval.

The confirmation of both frigate and corvette programs comes as a surprise. During Pakistan’s biennial defense exhibition IDEAS 2016, Defense News was informed that available funding clashed with the need to replace a large number of ships.

The first mention of a frigate deal with China was made by outgoing naval chief Adm. Muhammad Zakaullah during his farewell speech in October. No additional details were forthcoming at the time; but in early December, the commanding officer of Pakistan’s F-22P frigate Saif reportedly told Chinese media a Type 054A frigate had been ordered.

Author, analyst and former Australian defense attache to Islamabad Brian Cloughley says the new ships are desperately needed.

“Almost anything would be better than the Type 21s. They were 1970s vintage and should have been retired in 2000 at the latest. The new frigates will be a welcome addition to the [Pakistani Navy] fleet and will ensure continuation of the commitment to [Combined Task Forces] 150/151 as well as patrolling home waters.”

Five Type 21 frigates remain operational, but they are worn and obsolete despite upgrades.

It’s questionable how much longer Pakistan’s sole Perry-class frigate, Alamgir (formerly McInerney) can remain operational, as it received a very limited upgrade, and the F-22P frigates are in need of improved sensors and weaponry.

At IDEAS 2016, Chinese shipbuilders proposed a new frigate design for Pakistan with improved defenses against increasingly sophisticated anti-ship missiles. Though similar to the F-22P, it featured vastly improved sensors and weaponry comprising an integrated mast with a four-faced phased array radar, a 32-cell vertical launching system containing HQ-16 medium-range surface-to-air missiles, and an HQ-10 point defense missile system.

But Pakistan rejected the proposal, instead selecting the Type 054A.

“It is sensible for Pakistan to select a tried and proven vessel, and it appears that China will be prepared to provide upgraded ancillaries as they are developed,” Cloughley said.

He added that a deepening Sino-Pakistani relationship is understandable, pointing to joint production of the JF-17 Thunder as a best example of successful cooperation.

“There is increased movement towards China in many ways, and military equipment is but one of them,” he said. “It makes sense for Pakistan to obtain frigates as well as other items, and as the U.S. appears to be leaning ever further towards India, none of Pakistan’s armed forces can afford to be too reliant on Washington.”

However, Pakistan still views good relations with the U.S. as important. The Turkish corvette features a variety of American equipment, such as the power plant and the RIM-116 RAM missile defense system.

A representative for Turkish defense firm STM, which designed the Ada corvette, previously told Defense News that Pakistan’s corvettes would feature the same systems as those in Turkish service.

However, American equipment may have to be arranged in a government-to-government contract between Islamabad and Washington. And the Type 054A and the Ada programs may only cover replacement of the Type 21s.

The Swiftships program is needed to ensure Pakistan has sufficient ships to maintain regional security commitments. The only such design Swiftships offers is its 75-meter Swift corvette.
The company said it is unable to comment on the matter because it is a government-to-government program.

Making it difficult to predict Pakistan’s next step here is the requirement for U.S. congressional approval, said Claude Rakisits, a Pakistan expert and senior fellow at Georgetown University. What is certain is that Congress is generally “not well-disposed toward Pakistan,” making congressional rejection likely.

Still, lobbying efforts by the Pentagon and State Department emphasizing Pakistan’s commitment to CTF 150 and CTF 151 could swing Capitol Hill toward approval.

“It would be a powerful argument, which could persuade the waverers to give the approval,” Rakisits said. “It’s not as if these ships would change the balance of forces on the subcontinent.”
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PN, PAF successfully test-fire C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

06 March 2018


This image shows PNS Saif an F-22P-class frigate, test-firing a Chinese-built C-802 radar-guided anti-ship missile in the North Arabian Sea on the final day of the ‘RIBAT-18’ exercise. Source: Via ISPR

The Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have successfully test-fired various Chinese-built radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles to demonstrate the services’ “firepower and combat readiness”, according to a 5 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR): the media wing of the Pakistani military.

The test-firings took place in the North Arabian Sea on the final day of the ‘RIBAT-18’ exercise, with the C-802AK missile being launched from a PAF JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft and the C-802 missile from a PN Sword (F-22P)-class guided-missile frigate.

“Missiles launched from both platforms successfully hit their intended targets, which not only re-asserts the efficacy of [the] weapon systems but also manifests the extended range of joint PN-PAF sea-air operations and desired synergy between the two services,” said ISPR.

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Pakistan signs for two more Type 054A frigates from China

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

03 June 2018

Key Points

- Pakistan has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates from China
- Country will operate a fleet of four vessels in the class by 2021

The Pakistani government has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates with China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd (CSTC), the Pakistan Navy announced on 1 June via an official social media channel.

The contract was signed at the Ministry of Defence Production in Rawalpindi, in a ceremony attended by the country’s Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Rear Admiral Faisal Rasul Lodhi.

“With the conclusion of this contract, Pakistan Navy will have a total of four Type 054A ships in its fleet by 2021”, said the service in a post.

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Turkey’s STM wins tender for Pakistani corvettes

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

05 July 2018


Turkey’s STM has won a tender to provide four Ada (MILGEM)-class corvettes (similar to this one seen here in Turkish service) to the PN, state news service Anadolu Agency reported on 5 July. Source: Pakistan Armed Forces Inter Services Public Relations Directorate

Turkish defence engineering firm Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) has won a tender to provide four Ada (MILGEM)-class corvettes to the Pakistan Navy (PN), according to a 5 July report by Turkish state news service Anadolu Agency (AA).

“This will be largest single export in the history of the Turkish defence industry,” National Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli was quoted by AA as saying that same day during an official visit to Montenegro.

Canikli said the two sides have agreed to build two of the warships at Turkey’s Istanbul Shipyard while the remaining two will be constructed in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi.

The announcement was made after Pakistan’s Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) signed a letter of intent (LOI) with STM in May 2017 for the construction of the vessels.

According to Jane's Fighting Ships , the Ada class has a full-load displacement of 2,032 tonnes, a draught of 3.6 m, and a beam of 14.4 m.

Armament on the 99 m-long platforms includes a 76 mm naval gun, four (two twin) 324 mm torpedo tubes, eight (two quadruple) launchers for anti-ship missiles, and one RIM-116 close-in weapon system.

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Pakistan inks naval shipbuilding, technology transfer deal with Turkey

By: Usman Ansari   7 hours ago


Pakistani sailors stand by onboard a ship that is accompanying the destroyer Babur on June 4, 2007, in Shanghai, China. (China Photos/Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD ― Pakistan has signed a contract for the construction of four Milgem/Ada-class corvettes with the Turkish state-controlled shipyard M/s ASFAT A.S. The deal, inked July 5, is part of Pakistan’s efforts to replace aged warships featuring systems nearing the end of manufacturer support, boost its conventional deterrent vis-a-vis India, and better safeguard its maritime economy and trade links.

According to a Navy news release, the contract includes “complete transfer of technology and the transfer of intellectual proprietary rights for the design of these ships to Pakistan.”

Four ships will be built ― the first two in Turkey at Istanbul Naval Shipyard, and the third and fourth in Pakistan by state-owned shipyard KSEW ― as part of the technology transfer package.

Indigenous construction of the second pair is intended to help Pakistan’s shipbuilding industry grow and increase its contribution to the nation’s economy.

Though the Ada design features considerable Turkish-developed systems and weaponry, much is still sourced from third parties including the U.S., with whom Pakistan’s relations are presently firmly at their nadir.

Under the present climate, it’s almost certain the U.S. won’t provide clearance for the onward supply of equipment (or direct purchase via Washington); this includes the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile, the Ada corvette’s primary air defense system.

When asked by Defense News about this situation, the Navy did not explain how it has managed to circumvent this, whether it still hopes to acquire the system, whether the service has replaced it with an alternative (possibly Chinese such as the FL-3000N/HQ-10), or whether the service will simply recycle the Phalanx CIWS from its ex-British frigates (possibly along with Harpoon anti-ship missiles if they still have shelf life remaining) until a better solution becomes available.

Author, analyst and former Australian defense attache to Islamabad Brian Cloughley says the Pakistan Navy “will avoid all U.S. equipment, if possible, on the grounds that they can have no guarantee of supply of spares, ammunition, etc. The attitude of [U.S. President Donald] Trump and Congress is such that it would be most unwise to waste time even applying for U.S. systems.

“The Chinese route seems to be the most practicable, with indigenous systems if possible.”

The use of indigenous technology appears to be firmly on the cards, as the news release says the fourth corvette “will be designed jointly by Pakistan’s Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC) and will be the first indigenously designed and constructed frigate.”

Use of the term “frigate” may imply extensive redesign is planned, possibly enlargement that adds more capable systems and weaponry, similar to Turkey further developing the Ada design into the Istanbul-class frigate.

When asked, the Navy did not clarify if this was the case, but Cloughley says it could be possible, or merely a “misnomer.”

However, an “indigenously developed missile system” will be fitted to the corvettes, (probably a reference to Pakistan’s Harba anti-ship missile), and certainly to the fourth corvette if not the others, in which case Cloughley believes Pakistan will then have “time to look around for a new SAM [surface-to-air missile].”
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[*] posted on 6-7-2018 at 02:12 PM


Surprised they aren't getting vessels from their best buds, the Chinese.



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[*] posted on 6-7-2018 at 03:34 PM


They are, see the articles above this announcement.....................

- Pakistan has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates from China
- Country will operate a fleet of four vessels in the class by 2021
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Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
They are, see the articles above this announcement.....................

- Pakistan has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates from China
- Country will operate a fleet of four vessels in the class by 2021


I meant instead of the Turkish ones




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[*] posted on 6-7-2018 at 04:14 PM


China - little or no Technology transfer.

Turkey - lots of Tech transferred, medium / long-term interest in JV's of very kind......................

Saying that, they did a lot of transfer for the fighter, but Pakistan paid for most of that................
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China begins work on Pakistan’s second Type 054A frigate

Andrew Tate, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

21 December 2018

China held a steel-cutting ceremony for the second Type 054A frigate for the Pakistan Navy (PN) on 19 December, marking the beginning of construction of the vessel at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai.

The contract for two Type 054A frigates for the PN is believed to have been signed in 2017 and a further contract for two more ships was announced in June 2018, when it was also indicated that delivery of all four ships was expected to be complete by 2021.

The Type 054A has become the general-purpose workhorse of China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), with a class of 30 ships either commissioned or under construction.

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Launching Ceremony of First Corvette Vessel Built for Pakistan Navy Held in Romania

(Source: The News; posted May 17, 2019)


The Dutch Damen shipbuilding group has launched the first of two corvettes at its shipyard in Galati, Romania; she is due to enter service by the end of this year, with the second to follow in 2020. (screen grab)

ISLAMABAD -- Launching ceremony of first state of the art 2,300 tons corvette vessel being built for Pakistan Navy was held at M/s Damen Shipyard in Galati, Romania.

Chief of Staff (Personnel), Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

Corvettes are multi-purpose platforms of medium size and tonnage. Subsequent to the signing of contract for construction of two corvettes for Pakistan Navy in 2017, the first ship is expected to join Pakistan Navy Fleet by end of this year and the second would be delivered by mid-2020.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest underscored the importance of Corvettes in the maritime domain. He further added that these platforms will act as force multipliers in enhancing Navys capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and would offer more flexibility in the conduct of Pakistan Navys initiative of independent Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region.

The Chief Guest also lauded the professionalism of M/s DAMEN Shipyards and cooperation in delivering cutting edge technologies to Pakistan Navy in the form of Corvettes.

The launching ceremony was also attended by Chief Naval Overseer (Romania), senior management of M/s DAMEN Shipyards, Gorinchem & Galati and Pakistan Navy officials.

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Pakistan wants to accelerate shipyard project

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - Jane's Defence Industry

29 May 2019

Pakistan's Standing Committee on Defence Production has called for work to be accelerated on the country's long-delayed programme to develop a naval shipyard in Gwadar, a port city on Pakistan's southwestern coast.

A statement by Pakistan's Senate on 27 May said its defence production committee had "laid stress to expedite the completion [of the shipyard]", which was first proposed in 2008.

The Senate added that the construction project should be overseen by the country's Ministry of Defence Production, which should "supervise all work [including] conducting feasibility studies [and] infrastructure to [support] future load and density requirements".

The new shipyard would be focused on meeting the Pakistan Navy?s requirements and defence export opportunities, alongside pursuing commercial shipbuilding contracts to strengthen revenue streams, said the Senate.

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Damen launches second of two 2,300-ton corvettes for Pakistan Navy

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

03 September 2019


The second of two 2,300-ton corvettes on order for the PN was launched on 3 September by Dutch shipbuilder Damen at the companys facilities in Galati, Romania. Source: Pakistan Navy

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has launched the second of two 2,300-ton corvettes on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN) at its facilities in Galati, Romania.

The PN announced on its Facebook page that the vessel (with pennant number 272) entered the water on 3 September in a ceremony attended by PN Chief of Staff (Personnel) Vice Admiral Ather Mukhtar, among others.

The contract for the two platforms, which the PN has also referred to as offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), was signed in June 2017. The first ship, which was launched at the same shipyard on 17 May, is expected to enter service by the end of 2019, and the second one is set to be delivered by mid-2020, according to the navy.

Vice Adm Mukhtar was quoted as saying during the ceremony that the vessels "will act as force multipliers in enhancing [the] navy's capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and will offer more flexibility in the conduct of [the] Pakistan Navy's initiative of independent Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region".

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First MILGEM Corvette under construction for Pakistan Navy

Posted On Monday, 30 September 2019 09:51

On 29 September, the Istanbul Shipyard held the steel-cutting ceremony of the Pakistan Navys (PN) first MILGEM corvette. The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presided over the event alongside various government, naval and industry officials from Turkey and Pakistan.


MILGEM Ada Corvette (Picture source: Turkish Ministry of Defence)

The PN currently has four MILGEM corvettes on order, with all four ships due for delivery to the PN by 2023-2024.

Construction of the first ship will last 54 months, but the remaining three ships will follow the first in quicker succession, i.e., at six-month intervals of one another (ASFAT A.S).

Under the contract, which was signed in 2018, two of the ships will be built in Turkey, while the remaining two in Pakistan. Pakistan will also receive complete transfer of technology and the transfer of intellectual property rights for the design of these ships.

The fourth ship was to be a new frigate class (i.e., Jinnah-class) jointly designed by the primary contractor, ASFAT A.S. (Military Factories and Shipyards Management Inc), and Pakistans Maritime Technologies Complex (MTC). However, it appears that the new frigate design will apply to all four ships.

During AMAN-19, the Pakistan Navys biennial multi-national exercise, the PN Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, reportedly outlined that the PNs MILGEMs will be equipped with the Chinese HQ-16 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system through a 16-cell vertical launch system (VLS).

The VLS will be installed at the fore of the ship, behind the main gun. In addition, the PNs MILGEMs will deploy a modified version of the GENESIS combat management system (CMS).

The PN MILGEMs will also deploy an indigenously developed missile system, which could be the Harba subsonic dual-anti-ship cruising missile (ASCM) and land-attack cruise missile (LACM). However, the most recent Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) report also disclosed the development of a new supersonic missile for the PN, so the PNs MILGEMs may deploy something other than the Harba ASCM/LACM as well.

The CNS did not specify if the inclusion of VLS was limited to solely the fourth ship, implying that all four MILGEM ships will be configured along identical lines. One indication for this change could be that in 2016, the PN was expected to procure four MILGEM Ada corvettes configured along similar lines to the Turkish Navys ships at $1 billion US. However, the deal is now reportedly worth $1.5 billion US.

The PNs forthcoming Type 054A/P frigates will also deploy the HQ-16 but through 32 VLS cells. All four Type 054A/Ps are due by 2021. Interestingly, the Pakistan Army also inducted the HQ-16/LY-80, which shows that there is a measure of commonality between the Navy and Army on SAMs.

The Jinnah-class corvette/light frigate is a fully multi-mission design. The HQ-16/LY-80 which could have a range of 40 km or, if the PN opts for the newer configuration, 70 km provides anti-air warfare (AAW) coverage. In addition, the Harba ASCM/LACM would provide long-range anti-shipping and stand-off range land-attack capability. If the Jinnah-class arrives by the time the PN deploys its supersonic missile (which is likely to be an ASCM), it could have a varied and difficult to stop anti-shipping load-out as well.
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