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    Pakistan to sell Agosta 90B to Malaysia (PakDef)

    Got it off of PakDef forum.. since I haven't received my reg info I thought we could discuss it here.

    From Anwer Sindhu
    ABU DHABI–Pakistan is on the verge of reaching a preliminary agreement for the supply of three Agosta 90B submarines to Malaysia, a deal that could earn in excess of US$500 million for the country’s cash-strapped defence industry.
    “We expect to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Malaysians in the very near future,” a senior Pakistan Navy officer told The Nation at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) 2001.
    The submarines are to be built at the Pakistan Navy-run Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) under licence from DCN International, which is acting as primary contractor on the deal.
    Pakistan signed a US$1 billion contract in 1994 with DCN International, France’s leading state-owned naval shipbuilder, under which it acquired one fully built Agosta 90B and technology to construct a further two for its own use. One Agosta has already been built at KSEW, while a second is under construction.
    Ministry of Defence insiders said Pakistan’s share of proceeds from the proposed Agosta sale to Malaysia, based primarily on use of KSEW facilities and manpower, is still the subject of negotiations with DCN International.
    “However, it would be safe to say that it would be worth more than half-a-billion dollars to us,” a ministry official conceded.
    Pakistan and its French partners still have to overcome considerable political obstacles being erected by foreign opponents of the submarine supply contract.
    The defence ministry official said Australia, the major naval power in the eastern Indian Ocean, is alarmed at the prospect of Malaysia’s acquisition of state-of-the-art French-designed submarines.
    Canberra has voiced its concerns both to the government of Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, and its NATO allies.
    “It is obvious that the pressure is telling on the French, because DCN International has recently become somewhat reluctant,” the official revealed.
    Pakistan has responded by offering an accelerated delivery schedule to Malaysia, including the first two Agostas built at KSEW that were originally meant for its own Navy.
    “We are hoping that this will encourage Dr. Mahathir to ignore international pressure, as he often has in the past,” the Pakistan Navy officer said.
    It is not yet clear which version of the Agosta 90B would be supplied to Malaysia. The standard version measures 67.57 metres in length, has a surface displacement of 1,510 tonnes and carries a compliment of 36 crew plus five passengers.
    It can be fitted with an advanced MESMA oxygen generation system that extends its underwater retention time beyond the standard 68 days, while necessitating an increase in the submarine’s length to 76.24 metres and weight to 1,730 tonnes.
    Both versions have a maximum speed of 20 knots and a diving depth of 300 metres.
    Pakistan is also negotiating the sale of midget submarines, based on a design developed by the Pakistan Navy Dockyard, to three Gulf Arab states, including Saudi Arabia.
    These mini-submarines would typically be used to transport a compliment of eight commandos to attack enemy harbour targets and onshore installations, although they are also capable of laying sea mines, forming a defensive barrier in shallow waters, performing advance picket duties and gathering intelligence.
    However, these proposed sales also face considerable opposition from the West.



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    #2
    transfer of technology baby.. thats where its at..

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      #3
      I don't think it is going to happen. Pakistan can't turn a blind-eye towards its own securiry needs just to earn extra $500 million. Pakistan needs a fleet of at least eight Agosta 90B submarines before any of the vessels could be exported to friendly countries. It takes roughly 18 months to roll single submarine out of an assembly line. Unlesss, Malaysia or Saudi Arabia are willing to invest in upgrading the current facilities so that production can be doubled, I don't see any other way how demand could be met.

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