Egyptian Navy’s New Type 209 Submarine S43 Arrives in Alexandria

The Egyptian Navy’s newest Type 209/1400mod conventional attack submarine S43 (867) arrived in Alexandria on May 5, the service announced.

The submarine was recently handed over to the Egyptian Navy by the German submarine builder, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) during a ceremony in Kiel, Germany. The handover took place without a ceremony following the very strict corona prevention measures at the shipyard, with only the inner circle of project managers attending.

S43 (867) is the third of four HDW Type 209/1400mod submarines ordered by the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt from thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. The contract for the first two submarines was signed in 2011. In 2015, Egypt decided to take the option for two additional units.

The Type 209/1400 mod series submarines are claimed to be are extremely reliable, can stay submerged for a long time, are fast, and are hard to locate thanks to their low signatures. It is the latest version of the HDW Type 209 “family” with over 60 boats built or under contract.

The Egyptian Type 209/1400 submarines have eight 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes and are able to carry and launch up to 14 missiles and torpedoes, in addition to deploying naval mines. They will be fitted with SeaHake mod 4 torpedoes and UGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles (AShM).

The launch and naming of “S43” took place in May 2019. The first submarine, S41 (861), was delivered in December 2016 and the second, S42 (864), in August 2017. It is planned that the program will end with the handover of the fourth boat in 2021.

Key specification of Type 209/1400 mod class SSK:

• Length: approx. 62 m
• Diameter: approx. 6.2 m
• Displacement (surfaced): approx. 1,450 t
• Displacement (submerged): approx. 1,600 t
• Crew: 30




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