Wednesday, 18 December 2013

2 New 218SG Sub For Singapore

Update 16 May 2017: Singapore acquires 2 more 218SG submarines
A scale model of the Republic of Singapore Navy's Type 218SG under construction by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)
A scale model of the Republic of Singapore Navy's Type 218SG under construction by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

Singapore will acquire two more air-independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped Type 218SG diesel-electric submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced during the IMDEX 2017 exhibition in Singapore.

The deal, which was signed with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), will also include crew training in Germany as well as logistics support. The country already has two Type 218SG submarines - ordered in 2013 - under construction at TKMS' Kiel facility, bringing the total number of boats on order to four.

"In addition to the two previously announced, the Republic of Singapore Navy [RSN] will acquire two more Type 218SG submarines to replace its older submarines, with an expected delivery from 2024 onwards," Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said during the exhibition's opening address, noting that the first two boats are expected to be delivered to the RSN in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

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Singapore retires two submarines, launches training centre
RSN submariners undergoing helmsman training in one of the training facilities housed in the new Submarine Training Centre. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has retired two Challenger (ex-Sjöormen)-class submarines, the country's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on 11 March.

The vessels, RSS Centurion and RSS Challenger , were originally in service with the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) as HMS Sjöormen and HMS Sjöbjörnen and re-launched in May 1999 and September 1997 respectively. Singapore acquired four Type A 12 Sjöormen-class submarines in the mid-1990s to give the RSN its first experience of submarine operations.


The 51 m vessels, which can reach a top speed of 20 kt while submerged, are equipped with four 533 mm and two 400 mm torpedo tubes, according to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships .

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Mindef buys 2 new submarines which will be delivered by 2020
The RSS Challenger, Singapore's first submarine, on June 24, 2005. The Defence Ministry (Mindef) said in a statement on Monday, Dec 2, 2013, that it inked a deal with German defence contractor Thyssenkrupp Marine System on Nov 29 to buy two Type 218SG vessels to replace its ageing Challenger-class submarines. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: YVONNE LIM

Singapore will for the first time buy brand new submarines. The Defence Ministry (Mindef) said in a statement on Monday that it inked a deal with German defence contractor Thyssenkrupp Marine System on Nov 29 to buy two Type 218SG vessels.

The contract includes a logistics package and the training of Singaporean crew in Germany. The new vessels, together with two second-hand Archer-class submarines, will replace four ageing Challenger-class submarines.

Mindef said that the Challenger-class vessels, which were built in the 1960s, will be progressively retired from service. The new vessels are expected to be delivered from 2020.

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Singapore to acquire 2 new submarines
Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) personnel at work inside the RSS Archer, a submarine which Singapore bought second-hand from the Swedish navy

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) announced today that they have signed a contract with Thyssenkrupp Marine System GmBH to acquire two new Type 218SG submarines.

The contract includes a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany. The two submarines are projected for delivery from 2020.

These submarines, together with the Archer-class submarines, will replace the ageing Challenger-class submarines.

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Singapore buys two new submarines

Xinhua - Singapore inked a contract with German defense contractor Thyssenkrupp Marine System GmBH to acquire two new Type 218SG submarines, the city-state's defense ministry said on Monday.


The ministry said the contract also includes a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany.

The two new submarines are scheduled to be delivered from 2020. The ministry said the new vessels, together with two second-hand Archer-class submarines, will replace four aging Challenger-class submarines.

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Singapore to acquire 2 submarines

The two new submarines, along with Archer-class submarines purchased from Sweden in 2005 will replace its Challenger-class submarines that were built in the 1960s and acquired by the city-state in the 1990s

“The replacement submarines will have significantly improved capabilities and be equipped with Air Independent Propulsion Systems,” the ministry said in the statement. The German firm said the propulsion system significantly increases a submarine’s underwater range, reducing the risk of discovery.

Singapore announced in September it was acquiring an advanced European air defence system to replace its ageing US-made Hawk surface-to-air batteries. It has set aside Sg$12.34 billion ($9.84 billion) for defence in 2013, up from Sg$11.83 billion in 2012.

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Singapore to acquire two submarines from German firm

Singapore, which has Southeast Asia's most modern military, said Monday it was acquiring two new submarines from German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

In a statement, the defence ministry said it signed a contract to acquire two "Type 218SG" submarines, which are projected to be delivered in 2020.

It said the deal included a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany, but did not reveal the total cost.



ThyssenKrupp given submarine order by Singapore

KIEL, Germany, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Navy of the Republic of Singapore is to receive two HDW-class 218SG submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany.

ThyssenKrupp, in announcing the contract with Singapore Monday, said the submarines will be fitted with air independent propulsion systems and will be built at its facility in Kiel. No details on the value of the contract and the delivery schedule for the vessels were given.

"We very much look forward to continue the cooperation with the Republic of Singapore Navy, which has already been a customer of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems," said Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, chairman of the company's Management Board of Industrial Solutions. "The new order is an affirmation of our high-end products and services and will further strengthen our position as a world market leader in the sector of non-nuclear submarines.

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Singapore Buys New Subs
Type 218 submarine
Type 218 submarine

Being the regional leader in subsurface warfare, Singapore’s RSN move ahead with the recent procurement of two new submarines from German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

In a statement, the defence ministry said it signed a contract to acquire two Type 218SG submarines, which are projected to be delivered in 2020. It said the deal included a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany, but did not reveal the total cost.

The two new submarines, along with Archer-class (formerly Vastergotland class) submarines purchased from Sweden in 2005 will replace its Challenger-class (formerly Sjoormen-class) submarines that were built in the 1960s and acquired by the city-state in the 1990s.

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Navy's New Toys
RSS Challenger

In 1995 the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) bought its first Challenger class submarine (RSS Challenger) from the Swedish Navy, which was quickly followed by another three (RSS Conqueror, Centurion and Chieftain) in 1997. As all the submarines were designed by the Swedish for operations in the Baltic Sea, extensive modifications were required make them serviceable for   tropical waters.

In 2005, two Archer class submarines were acquired. RSS Archer was launched in Sweden in 2009, RSS Swordsman 2010. RSS Archer was declared operational in 2011, RSS Swordsman was declared "battle-ready" on April 2013. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, officiating at latter's "coming out" ceremony,  said it marked the end of RSN's 8 year journey to replace some of the Challenger-class submarines.

Then the 3 Dec 2013 press release from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems confirmed the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) purchase of two brand new HDW 218SGs from the German submarine maker, a contract estimated at 1 billion euros (S$1.7 billion). ST Electronics,  part of the ST Engineering group, will co-develop the Combat System with Atlas Elektronik GmbH, one of the companies under investigation for paying bribes totaling $24 million to Greek government officials to acquire U-boat contracts.

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New Sub For Singapore

All (or almost all) Singaporean men must serve two years in the military. Not happy with that, the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) just announced that they are buying two new submarines from German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

Although the total cost was not announced, the SAF was more than happy to say the deal included a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany while the German firm said the propulsion system of the new sub will significantly increases the submarine's underwater range


Good, fine and well…but why do we need them? Our soldiers may be crap (as a NSF, I can say that) but Singapore already has the most modern airforce in the region. In terms of size, we are outnumbered but weapons wise, we are heads and tails in front of anyone in Southeast Asia. So why would we need 2 subs with an advance range system?

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Republic of Singapore Navy Type 218SG submarine buy caps 18-year journey in underwater warfare

This week's announcement that Singapore has ordered two new Type 218SG submarines from Germany sends a clear and definitive answer to the question floated more than 18 years ago when defence planners pondered adding subs to the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

When German shipyard ThyssenKrupp delivers the boats from 2020, the Type 218SGs - the world's most modern conventional subs - and two Archer-class subs presently in service will give the RSN the largest fleet of submarines in Southeast Asia (provided regional fleets stay the same).

It is an acquisition to cheer; a prudent hedge against choppy waters in regional sea lanes.

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Singapore acquires another submarine

Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, officiated the launch of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Archer-class submarine RSS Swordsman at the Kockums Shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden today.

His wife, Mrs Ivy Ng launched the submarine, which is the second Archer-class submarine that the Republic has acquired from the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN).

During the launch he pointed out that the acquisition of the submarine was essential to the RSN's continual development of its submarine capabilities.


Singapore Navy Launches Second Archer-Class Submarine
Singapore Navy Launches Second Archer-Class Submarine

Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, officiated at the launch ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) Archer-class submarine RSS Swordsman at the Kockums Shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden, today. The submarine was launched by Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of Dr Ng. RSS Swordsman was the second of the Archer-class submarines that the RSN acquired from the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN).

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ng highlighted that the launch of RSS Swordsman marked another key milestone in the RSN’s drive to develop its submarine capability. “The RSN’s submarines are part of an integrated warfighting system which includes our stealth frigates, naval helicopters, missile corvettes and mine-countermeasure vessels”, he said. “Together with the Challenger-class submarines, RSS Archer and RSS Swordsman will enable the RSN to better fulfill its mission of protecting Singapore’s sea lines of communication and territorial integrity.” As part of his visit to Karlskrona, Dr Ng also met with Sweden’s Defence Minister, Sten Tolgfors, who attended the launch ceremony for RSS Swordsman.

The launch of RSS Swordsman reflects the strong defence partnership and longstanding friendship between Singapore and Sweden. Both countries share a close defence relationship founded on many shared interests, which stretches back to the 1970s. Over the years, Singapore’s defence relationship with Sweden has matured to encompass wide-ranging interactions and collaborative projects such as the assistance provided by the RSwN to build the RSN’s mine counter-measure force and submarine capability.

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Archer Class Submarines, Singapore
Archer Class submarines serve the 171 Squadron of the RSN
The Archer Class is an upgrade of Västergötland Class diesel-electric submarines which were originally developed for the Swedish Navy. The modernised submarines are in service with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)

The two Västergötland Class submarines, HMS Hälsingland and HMS Västergötland, were commissioned into the Swedish Navy during 1987-1988.

In November 2005, the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) placed a contract with Kockums for the supply of two Archer Class (Ex-Västergötland Class) submarines under the Northern Lights programme.

The contract also included crew training and logistics support. The Archer Class submarines serve the 171 Squadron of the RSN. The submarines will complement the RSN's naval ships, helicopters and other submarines protecting the waters of Singapore.

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Air-Independent Powered Submarines in the Asia-Pacific: Proliferation and Repercussions

RECENT ARTICLES about the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) acquisition of two used but refurbished Archer -class submarines from Sweden were not particularly newsworthy – the well-publicised purchase had been consummated four years ago. There was however one noteworthy admission by the RSN that was nearly buried in the news: these submarines have been outfitted with special engines for air-independent propulsion (AIP).

What is particularly astonishing about this disclosure is that these submarines were not originally outfitted with AIP; the RSN did not simply acquire this capability by happenstance of purchase.

Obviously, the Singaporean Navy paid the Swedish submarine builder Kockums to do a retrofit, which involves literally cutting the hull in half and inserting an “AIP plug” – no small feat. In other words, this was a conscious effort by the RSN to get the most advanced conventional submarine they could. Singapore, therefore, has become the first country in the southern Asia-Pacific to acquire AIP-equipped submarines. It will by no means, however, be the last, and the coming “mini-proliferation” in AIP submarines could significantly impact the way subs are employed in the region.

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Singapore Import and Export Behavior

The genesis of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) submarine squadron began in the late 1980s, when eight RSN officers attended a three-week submarine operating course in Eckernode, Germany. In the 1990s, RSN had a similar program with Sweden, which subsequently resulted in the acquisition of submarines from the Swedish shipyard Kockums.[1] Initially, in 1995, Singapore announced that RSN would acquire a single 'low-cost second-hand submarine' (Sjöormen class) from Sweden for evaluation purposes as part of the Riken Project.

That same year, Singaporean defense minister Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam noted that the procurement of this boat would enable RSN to "learn more about submarine operations and how they add to the capabilities of the fleet."[2] Although this submarine was launched in September 1997, the boat returned to Singapore only in 2004. This submarine was based in Sweden for training purposes, and to evaluate the usefulness of submarines for Singapore's defense.

In July 1997, Singapore announced that it would acquire three more submarines from Sweden, which would form (along with RSS Challenger), the 171 Squadron: RSS Centurion (ex-Sjöormen); RSS Conqueror (ex-Sjölejonet); and RSS Chieftain (ex-Sjohunden).[4] The Royal Swedish Navy originally operated these boats in the 1970s. In Singapore, these three boats were re-commissioned by the RMN as follows: Conqueror in July 2000; Chieftain in August 2002; and Centurion in June 2004

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First Singapore submarine

The first submarine acquired by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) was the RSS Conqueror, a Swedish Sjoormen Class submarine. It was commissioned on 22 July 2000 by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Tony Tan. The RSS Conqueror was the first of four former Swedish navy submarines acquired and refitted for service with the RSN.

History - Singapore ordered its first submarine in 1995, a second-hand Sjoormen Class submarine from the Royal Swedish Navy. In 1997, the order was expanded to include three more submarines. The first submarine, the RSS Conqueror, was commissioned on 22 July 2000 by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Tony Tan.

Description - The RSS Conqueror, a Sjoormen-class submarine (small coastal submarine), is a product of the Swedish company, Kockums AB. It has a single hull, dimensions of 51 by 6.1 by 5.8 m, and weighs 1,200 tons in submerged displacement. The twin-engine submarine runs on diesel-electric power and has the capability of navigating underwater at a speed of up to 16 knots (29.6 km/hr). Its armament consists of four 533 mm torpedo tubes and two 400 mm torpedo tubes and can carry a crew of 23 officers and men. Equipment carried on board include a command and weapon control system, radar, active and passive sonar, inertial navigation system and a reverse osmosis plant.

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