Scorpene submarine

The first Scorpene submarine will be delivered to the RMN at the beginning of 2008 and expected to have an initial operational capability in 2009. The construction of two Scorpene submarines are to be built jointly by the French shipbuilder, DCNS, and its Spanish partner, Navantia. They will be armed with Blackshark wire-guided torpedoes and Exocet SM-39 sub-launched, anti-ship missiles.

Moreover, the submarine program includes the redeployment of an Agosta-class submarine, formerly in service in the French Navy, for the training of submarine crews. The training of 150 Malaysian sailors, mainly in Brest, France, represents an important aspect of the program.

In 2006, the RMN had launched a nationwide competition in order to select the names for the Malaysian first two submarines. On 26th July, RMN announced these vessels will be name after the Malaysia's first and second Prime Ministers. The first hull will be name as KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and the second hull KD Tun Razak. Official naming ceremonies are schedule to be held in the near future. These vessels will be classified as Perdana Menteri Class after they received their names.






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