The third of four 209/1400mod class submarines for the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt was named and launched on 3 May 2019 at the shipyard of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in Kiel.
As part of the ceremony, Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled, Commander-in-
Chief of the Egyptian Navy, officially named the boat “S43”. The boat will now be
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems CEO Dr Rolf Wirtz said: “This significant milestone in the
construction programme for the Egyptian Navy is based on an open and trusting dialogue with our customer as well as the competence of our employees and suppliers.
These are key factors on our successful way to become Europe’s most modern naval company.”
The contract for the delivery of the first two 209/1400mod class submarines to the Arab
Republic of Egypt was signed in 2011. In 2015, Egypt decided to take the option for two
additional units of the most recent version of the class 209 “family”: A compact submarine featuring reliability, high combat strength, long submerged range, high submerged speeds, low signatures, and excellent handling characteristics.
The first submarine, named “S41”, was handed over in December 2016 and the second
submarine, named “S42”, in August 2017. The programme is planned to end with the
handover of the fourth ship in 2021.