The Egyptian Navy has officially received the second of four Howaldtswerke-Deutche Werft (HDW) 209/1400mod-class submarines from Germany.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) launched the new vessel at its shipyard in Kiel, Germany.

The Type 209/1400 submarine features a length of 60m-73m and has the capability to sail for 11,000nm at a speed of 21k.

It will also be able to launch missiles and torpedoes for the Egyptian Navy.

The navy’s first Type 209/1400 vessel, S41 (861), arrived from Germany in the Egyptian territorial waters surrounding Alexandria on 19 April.

An Egyptian military spokesman said that the submarine was initially handed over in Germany on 12 December, reported DefenceWeb.

"The Type 209/1400 submarine features a length of 60m-73m and has the capability to sail for 11,000nm at a speed of 21k."

The 209/1400mod-class submarine is a compact and reliable vessel equipped with the latest technology, high combat strength, enhanced battery payload and low signatures.

It can be deployed to conduct maritime defence and conflict prevention operations, as well as carry out surveillance and intelligence-gathering activities.

The submarine has also been designed to be suitable for operation during Egyptian Special Forces missions.

The Type-209/1400 submarine features a displacement of 1,400t and will be deployed to safeguard Egypt's national security and protect its economic interests while ensuring safe and free navigation of the Suez Canal and other regions.

Image: Type-209 submarine. Photo: courtesy of the Egypt State Information Service.