Navy to get eight new submarines

Half will be built in Pakistan, while the remaining in China


Salman Siddiqui November 30, 2018
PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: Pakistan in collaboration with China will manufacture eight submarines for its maritime force.

“The production will start in one to one-and-a-half-year time,” said Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Project Director Commodore M Jahanzeb Ahsan at the IDEAS 2018, a four-day long event held at the Karachi Expo Centre.

“Half of the eight submarines of advanced version will be developed in China while the other half in Pakistan,” said Commodore Ahsan.
Pakistan and China developed understanding for the manufacturing of the submarines sometime in 2011, he said.

The top three countries with the highest number of submarines in the world are; North Korea with 86, China 73 and US 66, according to www.globalfirepower.com.

Pakistan develops indigenous drone

Pakistan has developed indigenous drone technology - BURRAQ Surveillance UAV - which was unveiled for exports at IDEAS 2018.
The drone was launched for export purposes after Pakistan’s armed forces successfully used it in different operations during the last three years.

“All the parts, including autopilot system, navigation and communication systems and camera, in the drone are developed indigenously, except for the engine which was not developed here due to the cost factor,” Global Industrial and Defence Solutions Pakistan Director Sales and Marketing Asad Kamal told The Express Tribune.
Some Middle Eastern countries have shown interest to acquire the drone. “We are in talks for the potential export,” he said.

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COMMENTS (3)

cuban | 2 years ago | Reply Submarines have zero impact on terrorist activities so one has to ask whether this is the best use of our military budget.
xPak | 2 years ago | Reply When you run out of money you have to start to prioritise where it goes. Submarines are very expensive and we suddenly need EIGHT? How that help our fight with terrorism? Where does that money come from? And since were broke and have to borrow for the basics why should IMF, China, Saudi or whomever lend us money for submarines? It's past time the the elected govt inform out military that they don't run the show - if we suffer then they suffer.
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