He said the implementation of the agreement would augment the existing submarine related capacity. One of the three Agosta 90-B submarines in Pakistan Navy's fleet was assembled at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works in 2008. The other two Agosta 90-B submarines were also indigenously overhauled and retrofitted with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems in 2011.
The three Agosta 90-B submarines of French design form the core of Pakistan's current submarine fleet that also includes two ageing Agosta-70 submarines. The minister did not specify when the construction would begin, but said it would be happening soon. A training centre would be set up in Karachi for this purpose. He also did not specify the type of submarines but it was speculated that the deal was for Yuan-class Type-041 diesel-electric submarines equipped with AIP systems. Pakistan had earlier explored the options of buying submarines from France and Germany but the deals did not materialise.