Pakistan Navy begins constructing Hangor Class Submarine 5


KARACHI – The steel cutting ceremony of locally built Hangor Class Submarine 5 was held at the Karachi shipyard on Thursday.

Chief of the Naval Staff Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi graced the ceremony as chief guest, said DGPR Navy in a statement

Ghazi of the 1971 war, Admiral Retired Ahmad Tasneem also participated in the ceremony.

According to Pakistan Navy, the submarine will be capable of attacking various targets at a time.

Under an agreement with China, out of eight, four submarines will be made in Karachi shipyard.

Speaking on the occasion, Naval Chief said this project of submarine is the reflection of strong defence partnership between Pakistan and China.

In 2016, China and Pakistan reached an agreement on the construction of eight non-nuclear submarines.  The contract, estimated to be worth around $4-5 billion, was the largest naval shipbuilding export deal signed by China till 2016.

The contract involved construction of the first four submarines in China and the remaining units at the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW), Pakistan’s main military shipbuilder.

Reports said that the first of the new class of submarines, referred to as S-20, will enter service with the Pakistan Navy by 2022 and construction of all the four units in Pakistan is expected to be completed by 2028.

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