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Egypt receives second Type 209 submarine

The second Egyptian Type 209 submarine.ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has handed over Egypt’s second Type 209 submarine during a ceremony at its yard in Kiel, Germany.

The handover took place on 8 August, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Defence, in a ceremony attended by Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Navy.

The submarine S42 (864) is the second of four Type 209/1400 submarines on order from Germany, and is expected to head home in September.

The first submarine S41 (861) was handed over in December 2016, and arrived at its base in Alexandria in April. It participated in the Medusa 2017 exercise held with the Hellenic Navy in August.

The Egyptian military said the submarinees will be used to protect Egypt’s national security, protect its economic interests and ensure safe and free navigation of the Suez Canal and other regions. According to a statement by the Egyptian military, the vessels have a range of 11 000 nautical miles, a top speed of 21 knots and displacement of 1 400 tonnes.

Egypt said the Type 209/1400s will be able to launch missiles and torpedoes – it is believed they will be fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The new Type 209s will most likely replace the Egyptian Navy’s four elderly Romeo class vessels delivered in 1983/84.

News of the Egyptian submarine contract first surfaced in August 2012 when the deal was confirmed by Rear Admiral Osama Ahmed el-Gundi, the chief of the Egyptian navy staff. Preliminary negotiations for ex-German Navy Type 206A boats were reported to have begun in December 2004. Two new Type 209s were ordered in 2011 and another two in 2014.

The Type 209 attack submarine was developed for export by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft of Germany. Five variants of the class (209/1100, 209/1200, 209/1300, 209/1400 and 209/1500) have been exported to over a dozen countries, with more than 60 submarines being built and commissioned.

The average Type 209 has a crew of 30 and displaces 1 594 tons submerged. The type is 62 metres long with a 6.2 metre pressure hull diameter. It can dive to a maximum depth of 250 metres and is armed with eight torpedo tubes with 14 torpedoes. Speed is ten knots on the surface and 21 knots dived.

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