to start negotiations for 4 Scorpene SSKs with France's DCNS
rumors (infosdefense.com), the Republic of Singapore Navy is
about to start negotiations with France for the possible purchase of
4 Scorpene class SSKs. The deal could include transfer of technologies.
Contacted by Navy Recognition however, a DCNS source refused to comment
on the rumors.
Scorpene class SSK of the Chilean Navy
About Scorpene class SSKs:
Already chosen by the Chilean, Royal Malaysian, Indian and Brazilian
Navies Scorpene-Family submarines represent the state-of-the-art in
submarine design and construction and benefits from the latest technologies
developed for nuclear-powered classes operated by the French Navy, particularly
as regards acoustic discretion and combat system performance. Scorpene
can be fitted with an optional MESMA AIP section.
- The MESMA (Autonomous Submarine Energy Module) is an electrical energy
production module designed specifically for conventional submarines.
As well as supplying electricity to the vessel and to the propulsion
system, it can also be used to recharge the batteries without the need
to surface. Together with a MESMA section, a Scorpene will be able to
carry out extended missions with an over 3 weeks submerged endurance.