The Royal Netherland’s Navy (RNLN) is set to receive the first modified Walrus-class submarine, S803 Zeeleeuw.
The launch of the submarine, which is now ready to be commissioned, marks a key milestone in the life extension programme (LEP) of the Walrus-class submarines.
As the platform system integrator for this project, Nevesbu performed engineering necessary to allow embedding of all modifications, including new systems, on-board the submarines.
Started in May 2013, the Walrus-class LEP aims to extend the submarines service life to at least 2025, and to increase their operability in coastal waters.
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Under the programme, the next submarine, S808 Dolfijn, will be ready to be launched in March 2016.
The Walrus-class fleet is comprised of four vessels, including the S802 Walrus, S803 Zeeleeuw, S808 Dolfijn, and S810 Bruinvis.
The ships were built indigenously by Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij (RDM), a Norwegian shipbuilding and ship repair company.
The 222ft-long Walrus-class attack submarines of the Royal Netherlands Navy have a submerged speed of 20k and a range of approximately 11,500 miles when travelling at 9k.
Armed with four 21in Honeywell Mk 48 Mod 4 and Mk 48 ADCAP, the submarines can carry 40 mines in lieu of torpedoes.
In January this year, Saab signed a collaboration deal with Damen Shipyards to bid for the Netherlands’ Walrus-class submarine replacement programme.