First Malaysian Scorpene submarine launched

Malaysia’s first Scorpene submarine was launched yesterday signifying yet another leap in Malaysia’s pursuit of new technology. After the first Malaysian was in space being accomplished and now the first Malaysia’s submarine will dominate the sea especially in this region of South East Asia.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, named after the country’s first Prime Minister, was unveiled in a historic ceremony at the DCNS dockyard in Cherbourg (France), about 400km from Paris. The Chief of Staff of the Malaysian Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Ramlan Mohamed Ali, and the Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Oudot de Dainville, were present at the ceremony commemorating the joining of the fore- and aft-sections of the first Scorpene submarine being built for the Malaysian Navy.

Also in attendance were the Chief executive officer of DCN, Jean-Marie Poimbeuf and Submarine Force Project Team head First Admiral Rosland Omar, along with representatives of DCN, Armaris and Navantia. The contract was originally signed in June 2002 between the Malaysian government, DCN and the Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia. It concerns the building of two Scorpene-class submarines, and also covers a contract for training Malaysian crews in submarine handling and operations. These two contracts will allow the Royal Malaysian Navy to acquire a first-class submarine force.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is set to sail home, manned by the country’s first submarine crew in January 2009 while the second vessel, to be named KD Tun Razak, is expected to be delivered by October 2009.

Read the full spec of Scorpene here.

To view how Scorpene works, sit back and view this movie.

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  1. mfadhli26 on February 9th, 2008

    if i’m not mistaken, the submarine on the video is not scorpene..u can compare the front part of the submarine..

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