Sunday, May 29, 2005
Pakistan's first home-built submarine has been handed over to the navy to begin sea trials, defence officials have said. Pakistan's Agosta-90B submarine was built under the supervision of French engineers. The PNS M Saad is the second of three submarines Pakistan is acquiring and should come into service this year. The first, built in France, was handed over in 1999 and is already in service and the third is still under construction in Pakistan. The PNS M Saad, named after a close associate of the Prophet Mohammed, has already satisfactorily completed 750 harbour trials. The submarine is equipped with four bow torpedo tubes, missiles and a French combat electronics system.
PNS M Saad