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Pakistan Navy’s locally built Midget Submarine

Notably, a recent satellite image confirms that Pakistan might have indigenously developed a new midget submarine as it proposed in the MoDP 2015–2016.

From 2016 on, one can see the submarine partially covered in a tent in. Since 2019, the submarine can be seen in open view, suggesting that the construction is near completion and that sea trials may have commenced.

The new midget submarine, which is compact in size, is leading to speculation regarding its possible role in the Arabian Sea and in combat.

The midget submarine as seen from the satellite images has a length of around 55 feet (16.7 m) and a beam measurement of around 8 feet (2.43 m). The vessel’s displacement is currently unknown.

The prominent vertical rudder, propeller, and the round-shaped nose are visible from the shadow of the midget submarine. The snorkel is not visible in the image. But it is clear from the image that the submarine appears to be larger than the Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) and slightly smaller than the MG110 midget submarines.

The compact size of the submarine with simple hull constructions suggests that it is easy to operate and maintain. The vessel can likely be transported over land due to its size. The defense expert H. I. Sutton writes in Forbes that the submarine design is new and doesn’t appear to be an imported one.

Midget Submarine in the Arabian Sea

The Pakistan has been using new midget submarines for many years now. The development of a new midget submarine not only showcases its indigenous capability, but also shows that Pakistan is prepping its underwater warfare capability.

As Pakistan continues to lay emphasis on a sea denial strategy there is a possibility that it may use the midget submarine in an offensive role during any conflict with India in the coming months and years.

The seaward defense of Karachi has been one of the major challenges for the Pakistan Navy since the 1971 war with India. The midget submarine would fill a gap in protecting Karachi Port from sea-based attack. Most importantly, it would replace the current MG110s in service with the SSG (Navy) for operations such as frogmen operations, laying mines, and so on.

Pakistan might use the new midget submarine to expand its clandestine operations off the western Coast of India, particularly around Gujarat’s Sir Creek area and Mumbai.

The Pakistan Navy in March, 2019 had thwarted an attempt by an Indian submarine to enter Pakistani territorial waters.

The latest development comes after an increase in tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

“The Pakistan Navy is always ready to guard its territorial waters and is capable of responding to any kind of aggression with full force,” said the navy.

 

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Submarines of South Asia and South East Asian countries..

?? India =▪ 2 SSBN
Arihant Class
▪1 SSN
Akula Class (INS Chakra)
▪15 SSK
Kilo Class (9)
Type 209 (4)

Scorpene Class (2)

?? Vietnam = ▪ 6 SSK
Kilo Class

?? Indonesia =▪5 SSK
Nagapasa Class (3)
Cakra Class (2)

?? Pakistan = ▪ 5 SSK
Augusta 90B class (3)
Augusta 70 Class (2)

?? Singapore = ▪ 4 SSK
Challenger Class (2)
Archer Class ( 2)

?? Malaysia = ▪ 2 SSK
Scorpene Class

?? Bangladesh =▪ 2 SSK
Type 035G (Ming Class)

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