Two Agosta-class diesel-electric, ocean-going attack submarines were originally built in France and intended for export to South Africa (to operate as "Astrant" and "Adventurous"). However, the UN embargo on the African nation meant that these two boats were no longer allowed to be sold to, and delivered, to the prospective customer. In 1977, these two examples were then sold off to the Pakistan Navy under the Agosta-70-class name and taken on in 1979. They were PNS Hashmat (S135) and PNS Hurmat (S136).
The Agosta-70 boat fleet was eventually strengthened by the arrival of three boats based in the improved Agosta-90B-class design.
PNS Hashmat (S135) was the lead ship of the two strong Agosta-70 boats received by the Pakistan Navy. Her sister became PNS Hurmat (S136) in service. Today, both are active vessels in the service and operate alongside the three Agosta-90B-class boats lead by PNS Khalid (detailed elsewhere on this site).
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