Aditya_V wrote:The only problem is I doubt the French will allow any of the Agostas to be capable of Firing Babur, so Pakis will have to wait to induct thier Chinese subs. But Nukes on a Diesel Electric Sub firing a subsonic cruise missile? No boomers eh? The Chinese to be rattled and this means any Paki subsonic can be a nuclear threat to all nations and aircraft carrier groups for a possible nuke attack. Makes no miltary sense to put a nuke on Diesel Electric Sun in a subsonic cruise missile , seems more for H&D
The only boats the PN has are the three modern Agosta 90Bs. They have two older Agostas (from the 70s). That is it! They have nothing else. The Chinese boats - eight S20s to be delivered from 2022 onwards - are on order and yet to enter service. Therefore, one of three scenarios is possible;
Scenario # 1) The Babur was fired from one of the three Agosta 90Bs. Since the last boat - Hamza - was built entirely in Pakistan (the Saad was partially built in Pakistan and partially in France, while the Al-Khalid was built entirely in France), the PN probably knows a work around to modify the Hamza (or the Saad or the Al-Khalid) to fire the Babur.
Scenario # 2) The Babur was fired from a Type 41 Yuan Class boat. Since the PN is getting a variant of this boat - the S20 - that idea is not entirely unbelievable. Granted not a single S20 is in service with the PN, but a Type 039A (the S20 is an export variant of this type) boat could be loaned by the PLAN to the PN for the purpose. Seeing how Chinese boats visit Gwadar regularly, it gives this conspiracy idea more weight.
Scenario # 3) No Babur was fired at all. The video being shown to the world is completely doctored. That is a fact. No missile changes colour mid-flight. There is no tactical need to. However put out a fake video and prove to India that Pakistan too has a second strike capability in response to the successful Agni test and to rub it in for the failed Nirbhay test.