At the naval base of RAS al-tin in the vicinity of Alexandria, the ceremony of raising the Egyptian flag on the submarine class 209/1400 built at the Kiel shipyard concern ThyssenKrupp. This writes the newspaper «al-Ahram».
«This is one of the most advanced weapons systems in the world. It increases the combat readiness of the armed forces, will help to cope with current and future threats,» — said the head of the naval staff, Admiral Ahmad Khalid, adding that naval construction is in accordance with the plan of defense.
The length of the new submarine – 61 meters. The reserve is an 11,000 nautical miles, and speed – 21,5 knot. It can carry torpedoes and missiles. According to media reports, Egypt will purchase several of these submarines.
Submarines of the class 209/1400 are in service with Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa. During the last decade produced 61 submarine model 209. They were sold to 13 States.
An improved variant of the model are and the Israeli-class submarine «Dolphin». They also are manufactured at the Kiel shipyard of ThyssenKrupp.