BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Urdu Hindi Pashto Bengali Tamil Nepali Sinhala
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
    You are in: South Asia  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
 Monday, 20 January, 2003, 16:41 GMT
Pakistan submarine ready for trials
Agosta-90B attack submarine
The three Agostas will cost Pakistan $1.2 billion
Pakistan's first home-built submarine has been handed over to the navy to begin sea trials, defence officials have said.

The news follows India's announcement over the weekend that it is close to signing a deal with Russia on the acquisition of an aircraft carrier.

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.

Work suspended

The first, built in France, was handed over in 1999 and is already in service and the third is still under construction in Pakistan.

Man helped from Sheraton bomb attack
Last May's attack in Karachi delayed the project
The three-vessel deal is worth $1.2 billion.

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.

The vessel will be tested in the Arabian Sea off Karachi.

The submarine was scheduled to be launched in 2001 and commissioned by the Pakistan navy in February 2002.

George Fernandes with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov
Mr Fernandes in Russia to seal the aircraft deal
But work was suspended after the 11 September attacks in the United States and further delayed by a car bomb in Karachi in May last year that killed 11 French engineers engaged on the project.

India's deal to acquire the 44,500-tonne Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier could be signed by the end of March, Indian defence officials have said.

Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes travelled to Russia last week to hammer out the deal.

The $3 billion contract would also cover the leasing of Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers and Akula class nuclear submarines to Delhi.

Click here fror background reports and analysis

Key stories

Eyewitness

BBC WORLD SERVICE
See also:

17 Jan 03 | South Asia
14 Jan 03 | South Asia
24 Aug 02 | South Asia
12 Aug 02 | Business
08 May 02 | South Asia
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more South Asia stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more South Asia stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes