Russia marketing new Amur class submarines over proven Kilo class boats

The Amur-class submarine (Project 1650) is the export version of the Lada-class submarine (Project 677) and it would seem that Russia is aggressively marketing the new design over its existing Kilo-class boats.

Russia offering submarines to Morocco

Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport will offer its Amur 1650 submarine to Morocco if the North African country announces a tender, the company has announced. Morocco is reportedly shopping for new submarines.

Rosoboronexport Vice-President Viktor Komardin at the International Maritime Defence Show on July 4 said that the company was “actively promoting” the Amur 1650 on the world market. He said Rosoboronexport “plans to offer it to Morocco should the kingdom announce a tender”.

ITAR-TASS quoted Komardin as saying that “if Morocco announces a tender for a submarine, we will take part and offer the Amur-1650.” He added that Rosoboronexport aims to improve military cooperation with Morocco, developing on an economic cooperation agreement. In terms of military cooperation, he noted that Russia has recently delivered Msta-S self-propelled howitzers to the North African country. “Morocco is showing an active interest in weapons for air defence and ground troops. The choice is now theirs to make,” said Komardin.

The Amur 1650, designed by the Rubin Naval Design Bureau in St Petersburg, can carry 18 missiles, torpedoes or mines (including anti-ship and cruise missiles) and can dive to 300 metres. It is an export model of the Lada class diesel-electric submarine, a modernised version of the Kilo class, featuring better acoustic stealth and new combat systems.

Provision has been made for the submarine to be fitted with an air-independent propulsion system, which would allow it to remain submerged for more than 25 days.

The Amur 1650 has been offered to meet the Indian Navy’s requirements for six submarines and is competing against France’s Scorpene, Germany’s Type 214 and Spain’s S-80, amongst others.

Morocco is enlarging its navy, having recently received three new Sigma class frigates from Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. It will soon take delivery of a FREMM frigate from DCNS. The current Moroccan fleet includes two Floréal-class frigates and a Descubierta-class corvette in addition to some 21 patrol craft and a number of other ships and vessels.

Newest Israeli submariners complete 16-month qualification course

The IDF has 3 Dolphin class submarines in commission (based on the German Type 209 design) and has 3 Dolphin II class on order (based on the German Type 212/214 design).

Meet the IDF´s newest submariners

Graduates of the Israeli Navy’s prestigious submarine course completed a year and 4 months of grueling training to be inducted into the elite aquatic unit this week

The graduation ceremony for the Israeli Navy’s latest submarine crew training course took place on Sunday (June 30) at the IDF’s naval base in Haifa. The ceremony was attended by the Commander in Chief of the Israeli Navy Vice Adm. Ram Rothberg, Commander of the Haifa Naval Base Brig. Gen. Eliahu Sharvit, Commander of the Submarine Flotilla Col. G., as well as the graduates’ families, guests and friends.Soldiers are inducted into the prestigious submarine course on a voluntary basis. The 16-month-long course is renowned for being challenging and focusing on professionalism and values. After completing all three stages of the course, the graduates are awarded the rank of sergeant and the coveted submariner’s badge. In the coming week the graduates will begin manning their positions aboard the navy’s submarines according to the respective specialist tracks for which they were selected during the course.

Systems track: Soldiers in this track operate some of the most complex technical systems in the IDF including hydraulics, pneumatics and engines.

Navigation and detection track: The IDF’s submarines are equipped with some of the world’s most advanced detection and navigation systems. These soldiers’ duty is to safely direct the submarine’s movements deep under the surface.

Electronics track: These soldiers provide technical supervision and operation of the command and control systems in all of the submarine’s engineering processes.

Weapons track: The Israeli Navy’s submarine flotilla boasts incredibly sophisticated weapons systems which are maintained and operated by soldiers in this track.

Sonar track: Soldiers analyse and operate the submarine’s sonar systems, while managing the various scenarios that the vessel is likely to encounter in open water.