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HDW Class 218

The Singapore Ministry of Defence signed a contract 02 December 2013 with Thyssenkrupp Marine System GmBH to acquire two new Type 218SG submarines. The contract includes a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany. The two submarines are projected for delivery from 2020.

These submarines, together with the Archer-class submarines, will replace the ageing Challenger-class submarines. The Challenger-class submarines were built in the 1960s and will be progressively retired from service. The replacement submarines will have significantly improved capabilities and be equipped with Air Independent Propulsion systems.

Type 216 ‘Concept Submarine’ became the basis for Singapore’s new Type 218SG class submarine. HDW Class 216 Submarine is a long-range multi-mission two-deck fuel cell submarine with exceptional endurance. It features two pressure-tight compartments, high crew comfort levels and an extremely flexible payload for weapons and mission-orientated exchangeable equipment enhanced by the innovative Vertical Multi-Purpose Lock (VMPL).

TKMS promoted a multi-billion dollar offer to Saudi Arabia of up to 16 submarines, which may initially include five subs, with options for additional 20 vessels. Another potential customer for the German subs was Poland, expected to decide on leasing two U-212A submarines from the German Navy, with the two submarines remaining in operation at least until 2030. The 2013 win in Singapore was expected to strengthen TKMS stand in Australia, where it was one of four finalists to be selected as prime contractor for the SEA 1000 project, covering delivery of 12 new submarines that will replace the current Collins Class sub. But the German boat lost to the French in April 2016. Invincible is the first in a series of four boats of the Type 218SG. The contract for the first two submarines was signed in 2013 and the contract for the second batch in 2017. After handing over the Invincible in 2021, the second submarine is scheduled to be delivered in 2022. The third and fourth submarines are scheduled to follow from 2024 onwards. The boats have the design of a low-signature submarine with air independent propulsion – enabling them to stay submerged for a longer period – and numerous tailor-made solutions and new technologies. One of the most advanced diesel-electric submarines in the world was launched on 18 February at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems' shipyard in Kiel. The boat is named Invincible. This marked another important milestone in the ongoing submarine program for the Republic of Singapore. Prof. Ivy Ng, wife of Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence of the Republic of Singapore, named the boat in the presence of high-level representatives from the Singapore government and Navy, as well as high-ranking German officials. In addition to representatives from thyssenkrupp, there were also representatives from suppliers in attendance for the ceremony. After construction and outfitting is completed, Invincible will undergo intensive testing before being handed over in 2021. Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Defence for the Republic of Singapore: "These new submarines are the products of years of experience and deep expertise from both Germany and Singapore. They are a testament to our warm and growing defence ties with Germany. Closely collaborating with our Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the RSN oversaw the design of the submarines, before jointly developing them with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. I am heartened by the cooperation and efforts of the Singaporean and German industries." Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: "We are proud to be able to take this important step in the life of a boat together with our Singaporean partners. This first boat of the Type 218SG will mark a next generation of submarines. They will possess an extensive range of vital capabilities and therewith become a highly capable strategic asset for Singapore and its Navy."

Length over all approx. 70 m
Displacement approx. 2,000 t
Complement 28
Propulsion Diesel-electric plus AIP

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