PAKISTAN SIGNS CONTRACT TO UPGRADE SECOND AGOSTA 90B
According to an announcement by the turkish defence contractor savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (stM) on february 28, pakistan has signed the contract to upgrade the pakistan Navy’s second (of three) Agosta 90B submarines. this a follow up of the supply of a second sharpeye low probability-ofintercept radar to pakistan for the Agosta 90B upgrade programme in November 2016. The first upgraded submarine – PNS Khalid – is due for delivery by 2020, with the subsequent two to follow within 12 months (each) of the previous upgraded ship. Kelvin hughes revealed that the second ship to undergo the upgrade will be the pNs saad, which will undergo the retrofit in 2019. Pakistan’s fleet of three Agosta 90Bs will be joined by eight new hangor-class submarines (potentially s26) being acquired from China by 2028. stM is also currently carrying out for pakistan, a 17,000-tonne pakistan Navy fleet tanker, a hydrographic/oceanographic survey and port design at ormara.