Friday, March 12, 2010

Type 214 Subs – Revised Solution?

In an exclusive DefenceNet reports that the Greek Ministry of Defence and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems have come to an agreement on the Type 214 submarine issue. According to the solution the Hellenic Navy will accept all four submarines, including the S-120 Papanikolis which has been a major stumbling block for years. The submarine issue was also one of the obstacles that needed to be solved in order for Abu Dhabi Mar to take over the Hellenic Shipyards.

According to the article a further 2 Type 214 submarines are expected to be built. The submarines will be built as a replacement to the Neptune II programme which was meant to upgrade two older Type 209 submarines of the Navy. The Neptune II upgrade is being seen as a filure economically and technically. The first submarine that has undergone the upgrade, S-118 Okeanos, will at some stage enter service with the Navy again.

The cost of this decision is expected to reach 1.35 billion Euros. This is in addition to the amounts already paid so far for the Type 214 acquisition and the Neptune II upgrade.

We sincerely hope that the Papanikolis has indeed had all its issues solved and that there will be no problems in its operational life.

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