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Pakistan launches its Agosta submarine

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Posted: Aug 24, 2002 at 1412 hrs IST

Pakistan's navy on Saturday launched its first domestically made submarine (Agosta) ahead of six months of sea trials, military officials said. "Pakistan has joined the elite club of few countries around the world who can make submarines," Pakistan navy Chief Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza said at a ceremony at the Karachi dockyard.

Construction of Pakistan's second Agosta 90-B began in 1998. It has been named as the Saad after a legendary Muslim warrior. The submarine is equipped with four bow torpedo tubes and missiles, with its fighting capacity co-ordinated by the French-made Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System (STICS).

The vessel was manufactured at the naval dockyard of Karachi by local shipbuilders with the help of French marine engineers.

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