Pakistan is preparing for the assembly of the S20, the export version of China's Type 039A Yuan-class diesel-electric submarine equipped with air-independent propulsion, according to a Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works official cited in the Canada-based Kanwa Defense Review.
This is the first time for a Pakistani official to reveal the nation's intention to purchase the Chinese submarine, according to the report. Pakistan completed its technical negotiations with China about importing six S20 submarines, though an agreed means of payment has delayed the signing of the deal.
Pakistan requires technology transfer from China, said the report. However, it wants all of its vessels to be equipped with its own fire-control and weapon systems.