Navantia has handed over the Tun Razak Scorpene submarine to the Royal Malaysian Navy on 5 November. It is the second submarine built for Malaysia by the Navantia-DCNS consortium under a contract signed in June 2002.

The ceremony in the Cartagena shipyard was presided by the Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Abdul Aziz bin Haji Jaafar, the Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain, Dato’ Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, and by Navantia CEO Aurelio Martínez.

The Tun Razak was floated and christened in the Cartagena shipyard on 8 October in a ceremony presided by the King and Queen of Malaysia and is the second of two contracted submarines. The first unit, named Tunku Abdul Rahman, was delivered to the Royal Malaysian Navy on 26 January in Toulon, France.

Under the programme, Navantia was to build the aft section and DNCS, the fore. The first submarine was assembled at the French shipyard in Cherbourg and the second one at the Spanish Shipyard in Cartagena.

The main characteristics of the vessels are:

  • Overall length: 67.56m
  • Maximum beam: 8.00m
  • Draught: 5.40 m
  • Resistant hull diameter: 6.20m
  • Surface displacement: 1,580t
  • Submerged displacement: 1,740t
  • Maximum speed: 20.5kn submerged, 11kn on surface
  • Autonomy: 45 days
  • Crew: 31