• Japan Launches New Submarine Class
    Japan Launches New Submarine Class 15 October 2020
    Japan has launched the first of 3,000-ton Taigei class diesel-electric submarines, which will complete the U.S. ally’s planned expansion of its submarine fleet to 22 boats when it enters service. The new submarine was launched at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in the city of Kobe on Wednesday. It is the first of a successor class to Japan’s current Soryu-class boats. The Taigei is an attack submarine measuring 84 meters (275 feet, 7 inches) long. The ...
  • Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold
    Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold 3 September 2020
    The Thai government has announced that it is the second and third attack submarines’ acquisition will be delayed.  Thailand originally planned to acquire two submarines worth US$720 million from China, with the 7-year funding program.   In the original plan, the Thai government was supposed to allocate more than US$100 million to the project under the fiscal year 2021 as initial payment. The Thai government said that it will re-negotiat...
  • Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory
    Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory 26 August 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry has signed a contract for the construction of Project 636.3 and 677 submarines. Under the agreement, the Kilo class Project 636.3 and Lada class Project 677 submarines will be built at Admiralty shipyards. Kilo class platforms are known as one of the quietest conventional submarines in the world. Project about 75 meters long 636.3's have 3 thousand 76 tons of displacement. The Lada class project 677 is seen as the improved variant of Project 636. Fou...
  • Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon
    Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon 12 July 2020
    Submarine-launched anti-ship missiles are an important power factor in terms of engagement to surface platforms without exposing the position from a long-range. Egypt conducted a failed attempt to launch anti-ship missile from a submarine during a drill. In the incident, the missile that was launched from a Type 033 (NATO Reporting Name: Romeo) class and stated to be UGM-84 Harpoon, was destroyed by being unable to surface. There is no detailed information as to ...
  • Submarine Moved on Land
    Submarine Moved on Land 8 July 2020
    Transportation of major combatant ship operation on land is also a method used during the 1453 Istanbul Siege. Although it has been used many times in history to transfer large military watercraft between two locations, it is not a common method today. Iran, which is often come to on the agenda of the defence industry with strange and sometimes reverse engineering steps, has seen in the social media with a very interesting move this time. A video on social media showed that one...
  • Third Submarine Arrived
    Third Submarine Arrived 12 May 2020
    Egypt, which strengthened its navy significantly with the platforms it procured from Europe, took delivery of the third submarine from Germany. Egypt continues its investments that will change the balances in the Mediterranean. In this context, Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the third of the four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany. Departing from Germany, ENS S43 (867) completed its maiden voyage by reaching Ras el-Tin Base on May 5. The 1400-ton model...
  • Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA
    Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA 29 December 2019
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received on 18 December 2019, an offshore patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) from French shipbuilder OCEA. The ship will arrive in the Philippines by February 2020. The ship is based from OCEA's OPV-270 design and with a length of almost 84 meters, the largest monohull patrol boat in the world made of aluminium, and is expected to be the PCG's newest flagship and largest patrol vessel. The ship will host 40 offic...
  • Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory
    Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory 7 November 2019
    Russia-based Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, laid two new Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet. Ships called Ufa and Magadan are being built under a contract for six submarines for the Pacific Fleet signed with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016. Following the agreement, the first platform, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was laid down in 2017 and is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian Navy on Novemb...
  • India Receives Second Scorpène Submarine
    India Receives Second Scorpène Submarine 21 September 2019
    India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered second licence-built Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) to the Indian Navy on 19 September at a delivery ceremony in Mumbai. India has ordered six submarines under an INR230 billion (USD3.2 billion) contract signed with Naval Group (then known as DCNS) in October 2005 under India's Project 75 submarine programme. The programme's first-of-class, INS Kalvari, was commissioned in Dece...
  • The Navy's First Electric Diesel Submarine: S26T 16 September 2019
    In April 2017, the Government of Thailand approved the purchase of approximately $ 411 million worth of diesel-electric submarines from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Chinese shipbuilder Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd held the keel-laying ceremony for the RTN’s first S26T diesel-electric submarine. The ceremony was held in Wuchang Shipbuilding’s yard in Wuhan.  The S26T was based on the Type 039B Yuan-class s...
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests 21 August 2019
    Russian newest diesel-electric submarine Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kilo-class submarine B-274) arrived at Baltic Sea for Trials. Built for Russia's Pacific Fleet, the submarine began sea tests.  “During the shipbuilders’ sea trials, some of the submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s shipboard systems will be checked, including communications and hydro-acoustics,” Navy Spokesman said. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivor...
  • First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial
    First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial 22 June 2019
      Republic of Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine. The vessel, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, began the trials during the week of 10 June, and these involved mainly tests of the vessel's propulsion systems and steering equipment.  The submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, which is the first of three KSS-3 submarines ordered for the Republic of Korea Navy, has an overall length of 83.5 m, an overall beam of 7.7 m, and a hull draught of 7.62 m...
  • STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B
    STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B 9 March 2019
    Turkish state-owned defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) announced from its official twitter account that it has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy. The twitter reads, “Capabilities of Pakistan Agosta90B Submarines enhanced by the main contractor STM throu...
  • Republic of Korea Launches 3,000-Ton Homegrown Submarine 15 September 2018
    Republic of Korea (ROK) held a launching ceremony for a 3,000-ton indigenous submarine. The ceremony for the diesel-electric air-independent propulsion submarine, took place at the Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. on the southern island of Geoje. The Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is the Navy's first mid-class submarine. While the country's existing 1,200-ton and 1,800-ton submarines were built with technological assistance from German defence fi...
  • Nuclear Study at Latin America
    Nuclear Study at Latin America 7 July 2018
    Argentina has acted on the submarine. The Ministry of Defence considers after the loss in November 2017 ARA San Juan, a TR 1700 class diesel-electric submarine, to continue construction work of ARA Santa Fe. According to the information given to the Argentine Congress, studies continue to build a nuclear variant of Santa Fe. ARA San Juan constructed in the the 1980 and she was the core of the Argentine submarine power during ARA Santa Cruz's ongoing moderniza...
  • Second Submarine Delivered to Indonesia
    Second Submarine Delivered to Indonesia 26 April 2018
    Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has delivered the second Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK), KRI Ardadedali (404), to Indonesia on 25 April. Indonesian Navy ordered three submarines under a $12,1 billion contract signed in 2011.  Nagapasa Class submarines are 61,2 metres in length and displace about 1,400 tonnes submerged. Powered by four MTU 12V493 diesel engines, the submarine has a top speed of 21,5 ...
  • Malaysia To Buy New Submarines
    Malaysia To Buy New Submarines 2 March 2018
    Malaysia plans to acquire two submarines between 2031 and 2040 according to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) media statement. The country currently operates a fleet of two Perdana Menteri (Scorpene)-class diesel-electric submarines both of which were commissioned in 2009. The Perdana Menteri Class has an overall length of 67,56 metres and a beam of 6,2 metres. The platform has a maximum range of 12 thousand kilometres surfaced and is able to operate in depths of a maxim...
  • Third Frigate Takes to the Sea
    Third Frigate Takes to the Sea 23 February 2018
    The third F125 class frigate, the “Sachsen-Anhalt”, has taken to the sea for the first time on 22 February, ThyssenKrupp announced. Following the “Baden-Württemberg” and the “Nordrhein-Westfalen”, the “Sachsen-Anhalt” is now the third of the F125 class frigates to take to the open seas.  The ship’s technical systems and equipment, including its propulsion system,  maneuvering behaviour and technical ...
  • Italy to Place Third Batch Submarine Order
    Italy to Place Third Batch Submarine Order 12 February 2018
    Italy has approved initial funding for the third batch of Type 212A diesel-electric submarines. Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti confirmed the funding for the purchase of two submarines on 3 February, during the launch of the eighth Carlo Bergamini-class FREMM frigate for the Italian Navy. Italian Navy has received the fourth and last submarine of the second batch from Fincantieri on 11 May 2017.   
  • Pakistan Renews Submarine Radars
    Pakistan Renews Submarine Radars 23 November 2017
    Pakistan has placed another order to Kelvin Hughes to supply the SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system. Kelvin Hughes received the first order for the same radar system from the Pakistan Navy in February 2017. The company announced on November 21st that it will deliver the system to the country in 2019. Delivery of the first order is scheduled in 2018. SharpEye Doppler will be used on the service's Khalid Class (Agosta 90B) submarines. There are three Khalid Class di...
  • Hybrid Solution in Engine and MKEK
    Hybrid Solution in Engine and MKEK 8 November 2017
    Ahmet Taşkın, General Manager of Machinery and Chemical Industries Association (MKEK), started to work on establishing a hybrid structure for the company and its products. MKEK is conducting an R&D study for a diesel-electric hybrid engine solution that can meet the power requirements of armoured vehicle families, particularly the Fırtına Howitzer. The institution established cooperation with Tübitak within the scope of the project. MKEK expects the new engine technology to incr...
  • India Set To Commission New Sub
    India Set To Commission New Sub 16 August 2017
    The Indian Navy is set to commission its new diesel-electric submarine INS Kalvari before the end of this month, following completion of the final sea trials. The first of six Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari was built at Mazagon Docks Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai. Launched in October 2015, the new submarine commenced its sea trials in May last year. 
  • Pacific Fleet Getting Stronger 7 August 2017
    Russia announces that it laiding down two Project 636 Improved Kilo Class submarines’ keels. in the skies. These diesel-electric designed platforms are being built for the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet. The first submarines named as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy and Volkhov and delivery of first submarine is planned to 2019. Russia has announced that will supply six Project 636 class submarines for its Pacific Fleet at the Military-Technical Forum in Moscow in 2016. All platforms are...
  • Third Sub On Its Way
    Third Sub On Its Way 5 July 2017
    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the Republic of Korea's third KSS-III submarine, according to Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announcement on 30 June. The vessel will be the first KSS-III submarine built by HHI.  The first steel cutting ceremony of the first KSS-III heavy diesel-electric submarine, due to be launched in 2018, took place in November 2014, at DSME Geoje shipyard and the second sub also unde...
  • Indian Sub Under Sea Trials
    Indian Sub Under Sea Trials 5 June 2017
    India has begun sea trials for the second Scorpène-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs). Khanderi, built under licence by French company DCNS at by Indian shipbuilder Mazagon Dockyard (MDL). Trials mostly focused on the propulsion system according to MDL.  The relevant contract, valued at $3,5 billion, has been inked in October 2005. 
  • Singapore Raised Order to Four Platforms
    Singapore Raised Order to Four Platforms 16 May 2017
    Singapore Ministry of Defence announced on 16 May, during the IMDEX 2017 exhibition that the country will purchase two more air-independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped Type 218SG diesel-electric submarines under a contract signed with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). Together with two other submarines of the same class that were ordered previously and expected to be delivered in 2021 and 2022, the platforms will complement each other in maintenance, logistics and operatio...
  • Fincantieri Completes Delivery to Italy
    Fincantieri Completes Delivery to Italy 16 May 2017
    Italian Navy has received the fourth and last of Type 212A-class diesel-electric submarines from Fincantieri on 11 May. Romeo Romei (S 529) features some enhancements over the platforms of the class. The submarine received Atlas Elektronik's electro-acoustic suite update, Cassidian's OMS100 search periscope, Hensoldt's SERO 400 attack periscopes, Kongsberg's MSI-90U Mk 2 weapon-control system and the WASS Black Shark Advanced (NSP/BSA) heavyw...
  • German-build Sub Arrived Alexandria
    German-build Sub Arrived Alexandria 20 April 2017
    Egypt's first of four German-built Type-209/1400 Dolphin-class diesel-electric submarine 'S41' has arrived to port of Alexandria to join the country’s navy yesterday. The submarine launched in Kiel, Germany, in December 2015 was constructed by German Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW), part of the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.  Egypt initially contracted for two of the submarines in 2011 and contracted for two more in 2014.
  • Strategic Delivery to Self Defence Forces
    Strategic Delivery to Self Defence Forces 15 March 2017
    Japan has taken delivery of its eighth Sōryū-class diesel-electric submarine from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) on 13 March. Designated as Sekiryu, the submarine was launched in November 2015. 84-m long platform is powered by two 8000 BG Kawasaki 12V 25 S diesel engines and Kawasaki Kockums V4-275R Stirling air-independent propulsion (AIP) system. Equipped with six 533 m bow tubes, Sōryū-class submarines are capable of firing Type 80 an...
  • A First In Bangladesh
    A First In Bangladesh 14 March 2017
    Bangladesh has commissioned two Type 035 (Ming)-class diesel-electric submarines, named BNS Nabajatra and BNS Joyjatra, on 12 March during a ceremony held at the BNS Issa Khan naval base. The submarines, which are the first ever subs of Bangladesh Navy, were in service with China's People's Liberation Army Navy and refurbished prior to commissioning.
  • Submarine Fleet Completed At Last
    Submarine Fleet Completed At Last 26 January 2017
    Russia handed over the sixth and final Varshavyanka-class (NATO reporting name: Kilo) diesel-electric submarine to Vietnam. The delivery of Ba Ria-Vung Tau was announced on 23 January. Vietnam signed the $2 billion contract in late 2009, covering six Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.1) subs all of which were armed with Club-S missile system with a range of 300 kilometers. 
  • "Defense Contract of the Century"
    "Defense Contract of the Century" 21 December 2016
    Australia has signed a $36.3 billion deal with France for 12 diesel-electric submarines. Under the contract, French shipbuilder DNCS will set up a branch in Adelaide, in the south of Australia and built 12 'Shortfin Barracuda' submarines for Royal Australian Navy. 'Shortfin Barracuda's pumpjet-propulsion system enables the 4,500-ton submarine travel much quietly. The vessel also has more stealth capabilities than French Barracudas.  
  • Two Submarines in a Single Ceremony
    Two Submarines in a Single Ceremony 15 December 2016
    Egypt named its second HDW Class 209/1400mod submarine “S42” during a ceremony held at the Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Kiel on 13 December. Named in December 2015, the first submarine of the same class, “S41” was also officially handed over to Egyptian Navy during the same event. Egypt has an order of four diesel-electric HDW Class 209/1400mod submarines, under contracts signed in 2011 and 2014.
  • Tension Under Water
    Tension Under Water 25 November 2016
    India expressed concern over Bangladesh’s acquisition of Chineese Type 035G diesel-electric submarines, as the submarines are highly strategic and offensive naval platforms. Bangladesh took delivery of the first two submarines from China at a cost of $203 million. 
  • $100 Million Sonar Upgrade
    $100 Million Sonar Upgrade 25 November 2016
    Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract to design a major sonar system upgrade for diesel-electric Collins class submarines. The announcement was made on 23 November by the Australian Minister for Defence Industry. Thales will partner Sonartech Atlas, L3 Oceania and some suppliers from UK and France in design process. The aim is to improve sonar sensor arrays and signal processing systems aboard the submarines. 
  • The Last Varshavyanka Joined The Fleet
    The Last Varshavyanka Joined The Fleet 24 November 2016
    The sixth and final Varshavyanka class diesel-electric submarine is being commissioned in Russian Navy today. The submarine will be deployed with the Black Sea Fleet. The Varshavyanka class is an improved version of Kilo-class and are mainly intended for anti-ship and anti-submarine missions in coastal waters.
  • Succesful Missile Test by Russia
    Succesful Missile Test by Russia 18 November 2016
    The Northern Fleet of Russian Navy announced on 15 November that the Project 677 Lada-class Sankt Peterburg diesel-electric submarine has fired cruise missiles on a sea target in the Barents Sea. Lada-class submarines has an overall length of 72 meters with 2 thousand 700 tons displacement. The submarine is equipped with automated combat control system.
  • Russians Augments Inventory
    Russians Augments Inventory 21 October 2016
    Russian Navy will receive the Veliky Novgorod diesel-electric submarine of the Project 636 in November, 2016. The ship was built in St. Petersburg Shipyard. In addition to this submarine delivery, Russian Armed Forces are also to receive Buk-M2, Buk-M3 medium range missile systems and six Pantsir-S weapon systems. The Pantsir-S (SA-22 Greyhound) is a Russian short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile, developed to replace Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon. The Buk-M3 surface-to-a...
  • First Lada-class Submarine About to Become Operational
    First Lada-class Submarine About to Become Operational 29 September 2016
    Russia’s first Lada-class diesel-electric submarine, St. Petersburg, meets the operational expectations of the Russian Navy and the evaluations are expected to be completed at the end of this year. Fourth generation submarine St. Petersburg is the first submarine Rubin Design Bureau developed under the Project 677, and it has been delivered to the Navy in 2010. The Admiralty Wharves Shipyard is now building the second and the third submarines, under the same project. Lada-class is an im...
  • Russian Navy Broadens Its Fleet
    Russian Navy Broadens Its Fleet 8 September 2016
    Russia signed a contract with the Admiralty Shipyard for diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 (Varshavyanka class) at the Army 2016 International Military-Technical Forum on Wednesday. Russia’s Pacific Fleet will receive six diesel-electric submarines, planned to be built in the period from 2018 to 2021. Varshavyanka submarines were developed by Rubin Central Design Bureau and four submarines under this class are already in service with the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. The...