C4iSR: Maritime

Singapore develops trainer for Type 218SG submarines, first boat to launch in 2019

02 July 2018
A computer-generated cross section image of the Type 218SG submarine. Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence

Key Points

  • The Republic of Singapore Navy is developing a trainer suite to prepare its crew for the Type 218SG submarines
  • First-of-class on track for launch in 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2021

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is developing a submarine trainer suite (STS) that will be used to instruct crew members of its new Type 218SG air-independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped submarines.

The STS will comprise a command team trainer, steering and diving trainer, virtual procedural trainer, and maintenance trainer that are specific to the Type 218SG. “These trainer systems will enable the RSN to train and qualify submariners in realistic, simulated operations at sea,” said the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

The RSN currently operates a fleet of four ex-Swedish Royal Navy Archer- and Challenger-class submarines that have been modernised to suit tropical operating conditions.

The service is anticipating delivery of four new Type 218SG submarines from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

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