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1. The U212 (German/Italian Navies) and Type 214, (international
sales) have to be rated as the most presently successful SSN
submarines being built.
2. The designs have aimed at compactness, high performance
standards in coastal and open ocean environments, adoption
of advanced technology that has optimised the achievement of
a small crew and their reduced workload, increased availability,
reliability and survivability.
3. The designs have adopted the latest technologies in combat
systems, underwater weapons and sensor systems.
4. With a range of 12,000nm the Type 214 has a very large operational
footprint, coupled with an AIP that allows long submerged periods.
5. In a competition the Type 214 would clearly outperform the Collins
Class submarine in all operational aspects.
6. Overseas purchasers have demonstrated their abilities to produce
the Type 214 indigenously.
7. The “off-the-shelf ” price of a Type 214 could be less than half
the price of a SEA1000 submarine and would be available with
established through-life support before a new SEA 1000 submarine
could achieve that objective and the Type 214 would not be an
8. Defence would be guilty of a major error of price, performance,
indigenous production and support assessments if it rejected
consideration of the Type 214 for a SEA 1000 Collins replacement.
SALES HISTORY, TYPE 214 (GERMAN NAVY HAS U212)
1 not accepted in Germany*
’05, ’07, ’15, ’17
6 Ordered Jan ’09. SonWon-il Class
Ordered 2009. 209TN Class
* Issue between Germany and Greece over performance and contract price
In addition the Portugese Navy has taken delivery of the first of 3 Type 214s,
which for complex political reasons are called Type 209s.
Pressure Hull Diameter
Submerged Patrol Speed
Mission Sprint Speed
Constantly submerged endurance
Maximum Dive Depth
Type 214 sea trials
Italian Type 214
Credit: USN / John Narewski
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