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Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has
completed a contract with Singapore’s Ministry of Defence for the
procurement of two TKMS HDW
Type 218SG submarines for the
Republic of Singapore Navy. Press
reports indicate that the deal was
worth $1.36 billion, which includes
training and logistics support.
The new submarines will be
built at the TKMS yard in Kiel,
Germany, and the combat system
will be co-developed by Germany’s
Atlas Elektronik and Singapore’s
ST Electronics. Both submarines
will be delivered to the Singapore
Navy by 2020 and replace the three
used Challenger-class (formerly
Sjoormen-class) boats procured
Two additional submarines also
may be procured after 2020 to
replace the two Archer-class (
formerly Vastergotland) boats built in
the late 1980s, essentially updating
the entire Singapore Navy submarine fleet with four units of the
Type 218SG design.
Although no details have been
published on Type 218SG, it is
expected to displace well over 2,000
tons as the Singapore Navy is looking for payload and capabilities
above and beyond the current force
of the Challenger and Archer classes.
The subs also are expected to be able
to deploy anti-ship missiles, mines,
unmanned underwater vehicles and
possibly special forces. The design
may have characteristics from various successful TKMS designs,
including the Type 214, the Israeli
Dolphin (Type 800) and Type 212.
The Type 218SG will be Air
Independent Propulsion capable,
German, although Singapore’s ST
Electronics will provide many of
Philippines To Add
Multi-Purpose Attack Craft
The Philippine Navy is in the process
of procuring three additional Multi-Purpose Attack Craft. The three craft
will be procured through 2017.
The new craft, based on the
Swedish Combatboat 90, will be
built in the Philippines at Prop-mech Corp. in Zambales Province.
The Navy currently has six units in
service. The first three were built
in Taiwan and the second three in
Following units 6-9, the Philippine Navy is expected to order three
additional units in 2017, as the
entire requirement is for 12 hulls.
Canadian Navy JSS
To Begin in 2016
The construction phase for the
Royal Canadian Navy Joint Support
Ship (JSS) program will start in
2016. Under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy,
Seaspan Shipyard in Vancouver will
build all of the vessels (two plus an
option for one more).
The production contract is
expected to be signed in late 2015
or early 2016, around two years
behind the anticipated construction start date.
The ThyssenKrupp Marine
Systems Type 702 design (Berlin
class in the German Navy) was
selected by the Royal Canadian
Navy in June for the JSS program.
The first unit is expected to be
delivered in 2019, followed by the
second unit in 2020.
ThyssenKrupp To Build
Two Submarines for Singapore
By AMI INTERNATIONAL INC.
The Philippine Navy is procuring three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft, and is
expected to order three more in the future. The service has six of the vessels
currently in service.