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UDT Asia: Singapore’s growing underwater confidence

11th January 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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This year the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) commemorates 20 years of submarine operations as it anticipates the arrival of two new ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Type 218SG submarines in 2020.

The RSN committed to this purchase in 2013, with construction beginning in June 2015 at the TKMS shipyard in Kiel, Germany.

According to a model displayed at IMDEX 2015, the Type 218SG will displace around 2,000t, will be 70m in length, 6.3m wide and feature an X-rudder that is optimal for shallow-water littoral operations.

The RSN’s small but potent submarine force currently consists of two Challenger-class diesel-electrics and

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Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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