German shipbuilding major, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has launched the Egyptian Navy’s third Type 209/1400mod class submarine, S43, during a ceremony at its shipyard in Kiel, Germany on May 3.
As part of the ceremony, Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Navy, officially named the boat “S43”. The boat will now be intensively tested.
The boat is the third of the four Type 209 submarine ordered by the Egyptian Navy.
Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: “This significant milestone in the construction program for the Egyptian Navy is based on an open and trusting dialogue with our customer as well as the competence of our employees and suppliers. These are key factors on our successful way to become Europe’s most modern naval company.”
The contract for the delivery of the first two 209/1400mod class submarines to the Arab Republic of Egypt was signed in 2011. In 2015, Egypt decided to take the option for two additional units of the most recent version of the class 209 “family”: A compact submarine featuring reliability, high combat strength, long submerged range, high submerged speeds, low signatures and excellent handling characteristics.
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 first submarine, named “S41”, was handed over in December 2016 and the second submarine, named “S42”, in August 2017. The program is planned to end with the handover of the fourth ship in 2021.
Key data for the S43
+ Length o.a.: approx. 62 m
+ Pressure hull diameter: approx. 6.2 m
+ Surface displacement: approx. 1,450 t
+ Dived displacement: approx. 1,600 t
+ Crew: 30