Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Submarines – Is Someone Forgetting Something?

There a lot of movement on the ongoing submarine issue lately. This is encouraging as we may finally see an end to a situation that has been hampering the operational ability of the Hellenic Navy for some time. However, there is an issue that is possibly overlooked and has not been mentioned widely in the media lately. What is happening with actually arming the submarines with torpedoes?

Several years ago a tender was held to select a torpedo to arm the new Type 214 subs. Initially it was decided to go with an Italian made torpedo. This decision soon ran into trouble as the German shipbuilder would charge a large sum to integrate the Italian torpedo with the German built sub. The alternative would be to integrate a German built torpedo into the new subs.

It would be good to know whether this issue has been resolved or not.

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