Two new submarines for S'pore

Two new submarines for S'pore
RSS Swordsman, a submarine which Singapore bought second-hand from the Swedish navy. Singapore will for the first time buy brand new submarines.

Singapore will be getting two brand new submarines.

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement on Monday that it inked a deal with German defence contractor Thyssenkrupp Marine System on Friday to buy two Type 218SG vessels.

The contract includes a logistics package and the training of Singaporean crew in Germany.

The new vessels, together with two second-hand Archerclass submarines, will replace four ageing Challenger-class submarines. Mindef said that the Challenger-class vessels, which were built in the 1960s, will be progressively retired from service.

The new vessels are expected to be delivered from 2020.

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