The Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced that the Egyptian Navy’s first DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette (the Elfateh) and second (S 42) Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarine (SSK) arrived at a naval facility at Alexandria on October 18.
According to a statement by the Egyptian navy, the submarines have a range of 11.000 nautical miles, a top speed of 21 knots and displacement of 1.400 tonnes.
Egypt said the Type 209/1400s will be able to launch missiles and torpedoes – it is believed they will be fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
The new Type 209s will most likely replace the Egyptian Navy’s four elderly Romeo class vessels delivered in 1983/84.
The Gowind 2500 displaces at 2,600-tons and is armed with a 76-mm main gun, two 20-mm cannons, two quad-cell MBDA Exocet anti-ship missiles (AShM), two-triple anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes, and a 16-cell SYLVER A35 vertical-launch system (VLS). The SYLVER VLS can house surface-to-air missiles (SAM) such as the MBDA MICA-VL (20 km) and MBDA Sea Ceptor (25+ km).
During the trip to Egypt, the corvette participated in a drill with the French navy in the Atlantic ocean. The deal is part of the armed forces support for “combat and technical capabilities” of naval forces, according to the Egyptian army official spokesperson.
Egypt has four Gowind 2500 corvettes on order under a €1 billion order from France in 2015 and four TKMS Type 209/1400 SSKs from Germany in 2012.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government has signed a long-awaited memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany to acquire three new Dolphin-class submarines with air-independent propulsion systems.
If the deal goes through, the estimated $1.3 billion acquisition from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems would replace by the end of the next decade three earlier-model Dolphin diesel-electric submarines, leaving Israel with a strategic underwater force of six front-line submarines, all of them built by the Kiel, Germany-based shipyard.
Israel currently has three Dolphin-class submarines and two Dolphin-2 class submarines (another one is expected to be delivered in 2018). The additional three Dolphin 2-class submarines, which are not expected to reach Israel for another decade, are set to replace the older Dolphins at a cost of combined price of €1.5b., a third of which will be subsidized by Berlin.
The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) awarded a contract worth approximately £43 million to VolkerStevin to construct a new jetty at Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot which provides fuelling facilities for the Royal Navy at Devonport Naval Base.
The project will deliver a new jetty with fuel loading and fire fighting facilities; the fire fighting facilities within the depot will also be replaced. The jetty will be constructed within a Special Area of Conservation on the River Tamar and the project has to comply with stringent environmental regulations. The completed facility will service all of the Navy fuelling requirements at Devonport.
The dredging and clearing works are due to commence in January 2018 with the main piling works starting in September 2018 to avoid the annual fish migration season. The jetty is due to be in service by November 2019. The Thanckes Jetty is the first in a number of projects to modernise the Oil Fuel Depots in Devonport and Portsmouth to service the fuelling of the Naval Fleet in both ports.