Pakistan Navy’s first Hangor-class submarine launched in China

The Pakistan Navy submarine PNS Hangor being launched into the water
Photo: Pakistan Navy

The Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group of China has launched the lead boat of a new class of diesel-electric attack submarines ordered by the Pakistan Navy.

The future PNS Hangor and another three sister submarines will be built in China while the remaining four boats will be constructed in Pakistan by Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works. All eight will be variants of the Type 039A or Yuan-class submarines being operated by the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China.

Upon completion, the future Hangor will have a length of 76 metres, a hull diameter of 8.4 metres, a displacement of 2,800 tonnes, air-independent propulsion, and armament consisting of torpedoes, cruise missiles, and anti-ship missiles.

The Hangor-class submarines will be operated on anti-access/area denial operations.

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