German ‘Type 209’ attack submarine - Archive
CAIRO – 18 October 2017: The French Gowind corvette “Al-Fateh,” which has lately joined the Egyptian army, arrived on Wednesday at Alexandria’s naval base along with the German-made Type 209 submarine.
The frigate Al-Fateh carried out its mission upon joining the Egyptian army by shooting live ammunition in the domain of the Alexandria naval base, showcasing an excellent level of competency.
According to a military source, both additions are scheduled to join in the Egyptian army’s “Zat al-Sawari 2017” military operations that will be held during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Egyptian Naval Day.
The Gowind corvette is 102 meters in length and 16 meters in width. It can go as fast as 25 knots with a range of 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots. It can carry air-defense, anti-ship missiles and torpedoes. Malaysia was the first country to purchase the French corvettes.
In September, the Egyptian flag was raised aboard a French-made Gowind corvette, Al-Fateh, as it joined the rank of Egyptian naval forces.
In December 2016, the Egyptian flag was raised on the first Type 209 submarine received in Kiel, Germany.
First manufactured in the 1960s, the 64.4-meter-long Type 209/1400 attack submarine can sail at a speed of 21 knots (11,000 miles/20,372 kilometers per hour), is capable of submerging 500 meters deep, and can carry up to eight Torpedo tubes.
In addition, the German submarine has a "countermeasures and anti-torpedo" system, and is capable of launching Harboon missiles and planting sea mines.
The Diesel-Electric submarine can operate under and on sea surface; possessing high tech fire computers and a tube launch system which contributes to the protection of Egyptian coasts and regional waters.
Article edited on October 19, 2017.