Egypt gets 3rd German Type-209 submarine
Friday، 03 May 2019 - 12:56 PM
Commander of Naval Forces Ahmed Khaled received the third German-made Type-209/1400 submarine in the German city of Kiel on Friday 03/05/2019.
During an official ceremony held at port of Kiel, the commander announced the new submarine would join Egyptian naval forces and named it "S43".
The new submarine represents a breakthrough in technological combat abilities that aims at strengthening the capability of Armed Forces in defending national security, as well as protecting borders and interests in both the Red and Mediterranean seas.
The naval forces commander went on to say that Egypt has cadres that are capable of coping with modern technology, especially with regard to the operation and maintenance of such submarines.
In this regard, Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled pointed to great efforts exerted by the Egyptian navy to develop and provide the naval forces with the latest military training and simulation systems.
The addition of this type of submarines to the Egyptian navy’s fleet comes as part of a military strategy to enable naval forces to face different regional challenges and dangers, as well as to tighten control of Egyptian coastlines, the commander said.
The deal has contributed to enhancing the combat capabilities of Egyptian naval units, so that they could counter all threats to national security, ensure the safety of maritime traffic and support the security of the Suez Canal, he added.
Egypt first signed a deal with Berlin to buy two German-made Type 209 submarines in 2011, ordering two more in 2014.
It received the first one, S41, in December 2016 and the second, S42, in August 2017.
The Type 209/1400 has a range of 11,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 21.5 knots. It is equipped with missiles and torpedoes.
The submarines are manufactured by the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.