In­dige­nous sub­ma­rine

Enterprise - - Letter -

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Pak­istan will ac­quire eight sub­marines from China. This news is in­deed heart­en­ing. The ad­di­tion of eight more sub­marines in the Pak­istan Navy fleet will cer­tainly add to its fight­ing punch. It was also re­ported that four sub­marines will be built in China while the re­main­ing four will be built in Karachi over a pe­riod of next six to eight years.

The last two of the Agosta 90 sub­marines that our navy has were con­structed in Pak­istan. A large amount of money was spent on train­ing per­son­nel and ToT (trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy) for the con­struc­tion of sub­marines at home. It is hoped that the ex­per­tise gained and the highly so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment ac­quired from France dur­ing that time will not be wasted. As a poor coun­try we can­not af­ford ToT ev­ery time we go for ac­qui­si­tion from a dif­fer­ent coun­try. In fact as the PAF has done for JF-Thun­der air­craft, why can we not of­fer to con­struct sub­marines for other coun­tries? Con­ven­tional sub­marines are ex­tremely ex­pen­sive plat­forms – about $500 mil­lion apiece. Keep­ing in view the navy’s past ex­pe­ri­ence, the time has come to start in­dige­nous con­struc­tion of sub­marines.

Khur­ram Ma­lik

Gujranwala

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