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Chile to get new submarines, replacing Type 209s

19 May 2017

The Chilean Ministry of Defence (MoD) has authorised the Chilean Navy to start a selection process to buy two new submarines, aiming to replace its two Type 209/1400L boats currently in service.

In 2016, the Navy finished defining requirements for the new vessels and, with the MoD's authorisation, can now release a request for proposals and open an international tender.

The new submarines must be operational by 2025, when the older two (which are about 30 years old) are to be retired. A selection is expected to be made by 2020.

The navy also has two Scorpène-class submarines, Carrera (SS 22) and O'Higgins (SS 23) from DCNS, and that shipyard is likely to bid on the tender.

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