Friday, 26 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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Germany to deliver more submarines to Singapore
Marine Systems facility in Kiel (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Charisius)

Germany and Singapore have inked a contract on the delivery of two more submarines for the Asia Pacific nation. Countries in the area have all stepped up their efforts to strengthen their navies.

Singapore's navy is to get two more German-made 218SG submarines. A delivery contract between Singapore and German ThyssenKrupp subsidiary Marine Systems was inked on Tuesday.

As maritime trade in Asia Pacific grows, regional states there have all increased the strength of their navies, with naval budgets in the region expected to surge by 60 percent through 2020. News website TodayOnline reported the latest additions would bring the total number of type 218 submarines in Singapore's fleet to four.

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Singapore to purchase 2 new Type-218SG submarines

Singapore will acquire two new Type 218SG submarines as part of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s modernization effort, said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Tuesday in a press release.

The new submarines will replace the older submarines, with an expected delivery from 2024 onwards, announced Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen at the opening ceremony of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference Asia 2017.

MINDEF added that the Type 218SG submarines incorporate design innovation and advanced maintenance and engineering concepts to optimize training, operation and maintenance costs.

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Singapore orders two more German subs, says Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen at IMDEX Asia
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of IMDEX Asia 2017.
The Singapore Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Thyssenkrupp Marine System GmBH to acquire two additional Type 218SG submarines, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen announced while inaugurating the 11th International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia at the Changi Exhibition Centre today

Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will acquire two more Type-218SG submarines to replace its older submarines, with an expected delivery from 2024 onwards. At steady state, the four Type-218SGs in service will complement each other in maintenance, logistics and operations, and have better capabilities to protect our SLOCs," said Dr Ng.

This is the second batch of submarines purchased by the city-state. The first two Type 218SG submarines, which were acquired in 2013, have commenced construction following their steel-cutting in 2014. They are projected for delivery from 2021 and 2022. They are part of the RSN’s submarine force renewal programme to meet operational requirements.

The new submarines are part of the RSN's approach to long-term capability development. The Type 218SG submarines incorporate design innovation and advanced maintenance and engineering concepts 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.

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Singapore Navy to add 2 more submarines to fleet
Type 218SG submarines. (Photo: MINDEF/Facebook)

2 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 2 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 & maintenance costs. They will also be equipped with "significantly improved capabilities" like modern combat systems & Air Independent Propulsion systems.

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Singapore navy to acquire 2 more German-made Type 218SG submarines
Singapore navy to acquire two more German-made Type 218SG submarines
Dr Ng (left) viewing a model of the Type 218SG submarine at the Thyssenkrupp Marine System booth in IMDEX Asia. The 2 new submarines are expected to arrive in Singapore from 2024. Photo: MINDEF via FaceBook

2 more German-made Type 218SG submarines will join the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) fleet from 2024 amidst the backdrop of a regional naval expansion, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition on Tuesday (May 16).

As maritime trade in Asia-Pacific grows, regional countries have all increased the strength of their navies, Dr Ng noted, with naval budgets in the Asia-Pacific region expected to increase by 60% through 2020.

It is in this environment that the RSN has to keep pace with the modernisation & growth of navies in Asia, Dr Ng said.

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2 New 218SG Sub For Singapore
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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