The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of all four Type 209/1400mod submarines from Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, providing a substantial increase in its ability to conduct underwater warfare.
Egypt took delivery of four submarines of the same type between 2017 to 2021. Lieutenant General Ahmed Khaled, Commander of the Egyptian Navy said, “the Egyptian Navy continues its quest to possess the latest naval armament systems to always remain committed to protecting the coasts of Egypt and its economic interests.”
The fourth submarine S-44 entered Alexandria Naval Base in August and the new submarines will be used to protect Egyptian coasts as well as the economic interests between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The S-44 like its sister submarines is 62m In length and displaces 1,600 tonne when submerged. It has a crew of 30. The Type 209/1400mod submarines are hard to locate thanks to their low noise signatures and advanced systems.
The contract for the delivery of the first two 209/1400 mod class submarines to the Arab Republic of Egypt was signed in 2011. In 2015, Egypt decided to take the option for two additional units. The first submarine was handed over in December 2016, the second in August 2017 and the third in April 2020.
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