16 May '17, 2am

Singapore Navy to add 2 more submarines to fleet

SINGAPORE: Two more Type-218SG submarines from Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems will be added to the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) fleet from 2024, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced at this year's International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia on Tuesday (May 16). They will join another two such submarines previously announced in 2013 – to be delivered in 2021 and 2022, respectively. These are expected to replace older submarines in the Navy’s fleet. According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the new submarines boast design innovations to optimise training, operation and maintenance costs. They will also be equipped with "significantly improved capabilities" like modern combat systems and Air Independent Propulsion systems. The ministry's contract with the shipbuilders includes a logistics package and a crew trainin...

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