25 Mei 2015
IMDEX Asia 2015, TKMS revealed technical data of new type conventional submarine of the Singapore Navy. Both units will be completed in 2025. They will replace in-service nearly 50 years ex-Swedish Challenger-class submarines (photo: Michael Jarocki)
At this year's IMDEX Asia exhibition, TKMS Germany provided some technical details of new conventional submarines Type 218SG. As we know, based on a request from the Navy in 2013, Singapore has taken the decision to buy at least two units of submarines from the German shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft. The German manufacturer beat other bidders include the Swedish Kockums shipyard.
New Singapore Navy submarines built in HDW shipyard in Kiel, northern Germany. At IMDEX Asia announced that Type 218SG will have a length of 70 meters and a width of 6.3 meters. Displacement at the surface will be 2,000 tons, a total of 28 officers and sailors needed. Estimated speed and range are still unknown. The unit will be designed to carry heavy torpedoes and fired cruise missiles. Torpedo tubes will also be used for landing troops and deep sea submersible vehicles for special forces.
Type 218SG will have eight 533-mm torpedo tubes, equipped with AIP and used X-shaped tail rudder. The contract value is estimated exceed 1 billion euros (photo : Coffee and Bullets)
The main tasks will include patrolling submarines in waters controlled by Singapore and protect the economic exclusive zone. The units can also be used for the observation and analysis of the marine environment, detection and removal of sea mines, conduct reconnaissance and support activities carried out by the army in the coastal region.
The first Type 218SG submarine will be completed in 2020. To enter service two years later, after passing through the sea acceptance tests and final test, as well as the completion of the training program for the crew. Both units should be in line 2025.
New submarines will complete two Singapore Navy fleet in service : two Archer-class submarines (1,400 tonnes surfaced) the former Swedish Västergötland class submarines which nearly 30 years old, RSS Archer (ex-HMS Halsingland) and RSS Swordsman (ex-HMS Vastergotland).