In charge of securing Pakistan’s coastlines and ocean paths, the Pakistan Naval force had seen huge development in 2016. The central driver of this progress has been the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and at its center, the Gwadar port which opened for operations this past November. A port that Pakistan hopes will usher in an era of economic prosperity. Naturally making it a center ripe for the enemies of the state to target. Hence rises the need for Pakistan to modernize and reinvigorate its naval capacity to bring a sense of security and safeguard the interests of not just Pakistan but also of its partners in the CPEC initiative.
In late 2015, Islamabad inked a multi-billion-dollar buy of eight newly constructed air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarines (SSP) from China. The initial four submarines are planned to be conveyed before the finish of 2023, while the staying four, which will be worked on at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW), are to be conveyed before the finish of 2028. These submarines are being purchased to supplant the resigned Daphne diesel-electric submarines (SSK) and to broaden the Naval force’s subsurface armada.
Past the way that each of the eight SSPs will be furnished with AIP, specifics in regards to the submarine model, subsystems, weapons, AIP sort, and so forth are not yet known. It is normal to anticipate that the S20 will be arranged for conveying heavyweight anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes and anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM). To connect submerged submarines to its more extensive system, the Pakistan Naval force charged its very low frequency (VLF) radio transmission site at PNS Hameed, a recently raised maritime base. A VLF framework can transmit short instant messages to submerged submarines (working up to 20 meters). The VLF station will empower the Naval force to issue charges to submerged submarines, which can infrequently surface to reachable profundities at pre-decided circumstances. In April 2016, the Pakistan Naval force tried another AShM by the name of “Zarb”. An important trait of the C-602 is its 300 kg warhead, which is heavier than the 200 kg warhead on the C-802. Considering there are no weight or space limitations ashore, the Naval force would have the choice to seek heavier – and those with conceivably higher speed.
While 11 SSPs are a sizable power, particularly for the Arabian Sea, Pakistan could consider extending its submarine armada significantly further, particularly as far as SSKs. By 2030, the Agosta 70s will be around 50 years old, and that could call the Naval force to consider successors. New SSKs could be utilized for preparing littoral guard errands and potentially even unique power operations, which are at present attempted by the Pakistan Naval force’s MG110 mini-submarines. Other than that, it can also be expected that with more and more infrastructural developments courtesy of CPEC, the Navy will have greater coordination opportunities to take advantage of. This new leap into the future will allow the navy to not only renew its armaments but also tailor itself into a modern state of the art armada ready to dispel any threats to the country.
The region of Balochistan will also benefit indirectly from this supposed upgrade as it will allow it to bring up necessary cautions from any naval incursions into the territory from the Middle East. In the past few decades, due to a lack of resources, the navy has not been able to cover the entire strip of land of Balochistan that extends into the Middle East, which has made it a supposedly preferred route for smugglers. This upgrade will not only bring an increased sense of security for the naval strip of Balochistan but will indirectly also help prevent smuggling into its territory.