STM announced it has been awarded a contract to modernize a second Pakistan Navy Agosta 90B submarine. The contract signing ceremony took place March 1 at the premises of Pakistan defense ministry’s procurement agency.
The contract for the modernization of the first submarine in the class was signed in June 2016, after Pakistan selected STM over the submarines’ original builder Naval Group. According to STM, the latest contract contains options for the upgrade of the third and final submarine in Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B fleet.The three Agosta 90B diesel electric submarines are an improved version of the initial two Agosta’s acquired by Pakistan between 1979 and 1980.PNS Khalid (S137), the first modernized submarine was built in France and completed in 1999. PNS Saad and PNS Hamza joined the Pakistani Navy by 2008.STM expects works on the first submarine to be completed by 2020 with the second boat following suit one year later. Modernization and upgrades will be carried out at a Karachi-based shipyard of the Pakistan Navy. The project represents the first time a Turkish company has been selected as the prime contractor for a submarine modernization project conducted overseas. In the scope of the project, STM will be exporting its design and engineering services for the very first time.
In addition to the design, engineering and procurement activities to be carried out as part of the project, STM will also provide integrated logistic support and training services to different units of the Pakistan Navy. The modernisation works will include the replacement of the submarine’s entire sonar suite, periscope systems, command and control system, radar and electronic support systems. Havelsan- and Aselsan-made systems will also be exported as part of the project.
Under the project, STM will make modifications on the pressure hull, the most critical structure in a submarine, by carrying out system-to-system and platform-to-system integrations for various systems, to be provided by local and foreign companies.