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อย่าเพิ่งอิจฉา ๆ Singapore Navy Launches its First Archer-Class Submarine
Posted: 16 Jun 2009, 2330 hours (Time is GMT +8 hours)Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean officiated at the launch ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) first Archer-class submarine, RSS Archer, at the Kockums Shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden, on 16 Jun 2009. The submarine was launched by Mrs Teo Chee Hean. Sweden's State Secretary for Defence, Håkan Jevrell, State Secretary for Trade and former Commander of the 1st Submarine Flotilla in the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN), Gunnar Wieslander, and senior defence officials from both countries attended the launch ceremony.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Teo said the RSN's mission is to secure the seaward defence of Singapore and to protect Singapore's Sea Lines of Communication. "The Archer-class submarines, integrated with our six stealth frigates and soon-to-be-delivered naval helicopters, will allow the Navy to undertake more complex and sophisticated operations to help maintain regional peace and stability, and secure the vital sea routes through our region," said Mr Teo.RSS Archer is one of two ex-RSwN Vaastergotland-class submarines acquired by Singapore in 2005. The submarines have been comprehensively upgraded, refurbished and tropicalised to ensure their suitability for operations in and around Singapore waters. The RSN crew members have been training in Sweden for the past two years to operate and maintain these submarines. RSS Archer will undergo sea trials after its launch and is expected to return to Singapore in 2010.
The launch of RSS Archer reflects the deep defence cooperation and longstanding friendship between Singapore and Sweden. Both countries share a close defence relationship founded on many shared interests, and which stretches back to the 1970s. Over the years, Singapore's defence relationship with Sweden has matured to encompass wide-ranging interactions and collaborative projects such as the assistance provided by the RSwN to build up the RSN's mine-countermeasure force and submarine capability.
The Republic of Singapore Navy submarine capabilities are set to receive a significant boost with the launch of the RSS Archer.
Fact Sheet: RSN's Archer-Class Submarines
A smashing success - the launch of RSS Archer marks a new milestone in the Republic of Singapore Navy's submarine programme.
The Archer-class submarines (ex-Royal Swedish Navy's Vaastergotland-class submarines) were designed and built by the Swedish company, Kockums AB, as single-hull, double compartment submarines optimised to reduce noise and magnetic signature. The two pressure-tight compartments also enhance safety and survivability of the crew.
The submarines were designed to operate in the shallow waters of the Baltic Sea and are therefore also optimised for operation in Singapore waters, which have similar depth profiles. Working closely with the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), the RSN adapted the Archer-class submarines to suit local operating conditions and also upgraded them to include advanced combat and sensor systems.
The Archer-class submarines are equipped with an Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system, which enables the submarines to have longer submerged endurance and lower noise signature. This enhances the submarines' stealth capability. The advanced sonar system allows the submarines to detect contacts at a further distance, while the torpedo system has a better target acquisition capability, which allows the submarines to engage contacts at a further range.
The crew of the Archer-class submarines has undergone two key phases of training with the RSwN. The first is the Key Personnel Training Phase, where they mastered individual vocational skills. This was followed by the Team Training Phase, where they operated as a composite crew (comprising RSwN submariners) to do mission-oriented training. To further hone their skills, submarine rescue exercises, comprising both sea training and simulator sessions, were also conducted for the crew.RSS Archer will be undergoing sea trials following its launch and is expected to return to Singapore in 2010.SPECIFICATIONS
Length: 60.5 metres
Beam: 6.1 metres
Height: 11.8 metres
Draught: 5.6 metres
Displacement: 1,400 tonnes (surfaced), 1,500 tonnes (submerged)
Speed: 8 knots (surfaced) >15 knots (submerged)
Armament: 9 Torpedo Tubes
Systems: Active and Passive Sonars, Command and Weapon Control System, Radar and Electronic Warfare Surveillance Measures, Integrated Navigation System, Air Independent Propulsion System
Complement: 28 crew http://www.mindef.gov.sg