Made for Singapore: First of four custom-built RSN submarines launched in Germany
KIEL, Germany: The first of four customised submarines designed for operations in Singapore’s shallow and busy tropical waters was launched in Germany on Monday (Feb 18).
Speaking to reporters after the launch ceremony in Kiel, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the acquisition of the submarines was “timely”, with the maritime environment around Singapore facing security challenges and other Asian countries increasing their defence spending.
The 70-metre long vessel, christened the Invincible, is the first of four new submarines custom-built to Singapore’s needs. Among other things, they will possess longer endurance and greater weapons-carrying capacity.
The new submarines will replace the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) current Archer-class and Challenger-class submarines.
Besides being able to last underwater one-and-a-half times longer than the navy’s current submarines, the Type 218SGs can locate enemies faster and identify them more accurately with its improved sonar.
This will enhance the navy’s capability to better protect Singapore’s waters, and safeguard Singapore’s access to the sea lines of communication, the Defence Minister said.