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Pak in talks with France, China to buy 7 submarines: report

The Agosta 90-B class attack submarine of Pak Navy.

ISLAMABAD (BNS): The Pakistan Navy is negotiating with China and France to buy seven conventional submarines to counter "any challenge from the rapidly expanding Indian Navy," according to a media report.

The Pak Navy intends to acquire four of China's Yuan and Song class submarines and three of France's Marlin class diesel subs, the Dawn newspaper reported.

A high-level naval delegation is on a visit to France to carry out the negotiations in this regard, it said.

Besides, plans are afoot to get three U-214 submarines from Germany for which discussions are going on for the last three years, the newspaper said.

France has provided three Agosta 90-B and two Agosta 70 class diesel attack submarines along with four Daphne class diesel-electric patrol submarines to the Pakistan Navy.

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