KD Tunku Abdul Rahman: First Submarine of Royal Malaysian Navy

by OldSailor on July 21, 2009


Crest_Royal_Malaysian_Navy Malaysia’s first submarine KD Tunku Abdul Rahman has left Toulon, France on July 09 to operate in Malaysian waters.
Some interesting features of submarine KD Tunku Abdul Rahman of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) are:

  • The Scorpene, a diesel-electric propulsion submarine (SSK) built by French military shipyard DCNS at Cherbourg, in partnership with Spanish naval shipyard Navantia.
  • Has 35 crew members and is commanded Commander Zulhelmy bin Ithnain (RMN).
  • The submarine project to acquire two Scorpene submarines at a cost of 1.04 billion Euro (about RM3.4 million) was signed in 2002.
    • KD Tunku Abdul Rahman – named after the country’s first prime minister
    • KD Tun Abdul Razak – named after the country’s second prime minister
  • The first submarine was launched on October 23, 2007 with a mixture of ‘Air Yassin‘ and water from the holy Zam-Zam well in Mecca instead of the customary breaking of champagne bottle.
  • The sea trials including firings of Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes and missiles were completed in December 2008.
  • The submarine was handed over to Malaysia on January 24 this year at the French naval base in Toulon, France.
  • The submarine is expected to reach Malaysian waters by early September after transiting through Jeddah, Djibouti and Kochi (Cochin).
  • The submarine is expected to be at Lumut and Port Klang for a few days and then reach Sepanggar Naval Base in Sabah.
  • The Scorpene (image credit-DCNS)

    • can operate at a depth of between 100 and 200 metresScorpene_class_submarine_1
    • equipped with six torpedo tubes which can fire simultaneously, anti-ship surface missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes
    • has the capacity to carry 10 torpedoes and 30 mines
    • has an endurance of 45 days, displacement of 1,550 tonnes and a length overall of 67.5 metres
    • has the state of the art in submarine design and construction
    • has the latest technologies developed for nuclear-powered submarines operated by the French Navy, particularly as regards to acoustic discretion and combat system performance
  • The second of the series, KD Tun Abdul Razak, is scheduled to be delivered in late 2009.
  • The other countries opted for Scorpene are: Chile – two; India – six.

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Read more from Embassy of Malaysia, Paris, Bernama.

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