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TKMS Started Construction of 2nd Batch Type 218SG Submarines for Singapore

Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and the Republic of Singapore Navy started construction of the Type 218SG Batch 2 submarines during a steel cuting ceremony at the HDW shipyard in Kiel.

Type 218SG Submarine SSK Singapore 1CGI of Type 218SG submarine. Image: RSN

Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced last year during the IMDEX Asia 2017 exhibition that it was procuring two more Type 218SG submarines. The MINDEF has signed a contract with TKMS which includes a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany as well.

The new submarines are part of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s approach to long-term capability development. Tailored to meet the RSN’s unique operational requirements, the Type 218SG submarines incorporate design innovation and advanced maintenance and engineering concepts to optimise training, operation and maintenance costs. They will also be equipped with significantly improved capabilities like modern combat systems and air-independent propulsion systems.

Type 218SG Submarine SSK Singapore 2Chief Executives of DSTA, Mr Tan Peng Yam (left), and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Dr Rolf Wirtz (right), triggering the cutting of steel. RSN Picture.

The RSN is making good progress in the submarine programme. The first two Type 218SG submarines, which were acquired in 2013, have commenced construction following their steel-cutting in 2014. They are projected for delivery in 2021 and 2022. The third and fourth Type 218SG SSKs are set to be handed over from 2024.

The Type 218SG is based on TKMS' Type 214 design. According to TKMS, the Type 218SG design has a length of approximately 70 meters, a diameter of 6.3 meters, a surface displacement of 2,000 tons and a crew complement of 28 sailors.

An RSN statement said:
Last Friday, we began construction of our third and fourth Type 218SG submarines at a steel-cutting ceremony.

The Type 218SG submarines will have longer endurance, better sensors and pack a greater punch as well as other state-of-the-art capabilities - all designed to achieve higher combat effectiveness in our unique operating environment.

They will form the RSN's next-generation submarine force.

Our video coverage of Type 218SG at IMDEX Asia 2017