JUL 17, 2018: China is building eight submarines for Pakistan to strengthen its ally’s naval and under water capabilities.
According to the local media, under the Project Hangor, China’s shipbuilding industry will soon give these submarines to Pakistan. The acquisition of new submarines from China is a part of Pakistan’s effort to increase its capabilities in underwater warfare, help strengthen its position in the Indian Ocean, and curb the Indian Navy threat.
The new addition will increase Pakistan’s submarine arsenal to 18, while at present the country possess 10 submarines. The latest development comes when China and Pakistan are busy building the strategic $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Just days ago, Pakistan launched two indigenously-built satellites from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Center to meet its imagery requirements in land mapping and natural disaster management.
Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) and Pakistan Technology Evaluation Satellite-1A (PakTES-1A) were launched through Long March-2C rocket, at 0857 hours (PST), from a satellite center located in Northwest China.
The 1,200 kg PRSS-1 and the 285 kg PakTES-1A satellites would operate at an altitude of 640 km and 610 km, respectively and would also enable the country in agriculture classification and assessment, urban and rural planning and water resource management.