The Portuguese government signed a contract in Lisbon with the German Submarine
Consortium (GSC) for the construction of two Class 209 PN submarines with an
option for one additional submarine.
The contract worth €800 million ($1 billion)
was signed along with a countertrade package contract as offset. The two
submarines ordered by Portugal will be delivered to the Portuguese Navy in 2009
The Class 209 PN submarines to be built by GSC (Howaldtswerke HDW Nordseewerke
GmbH NSWE and Ferrostaal AG shipyards) feature 65 meters long and 1,700 tons
displacement. In addition, an atmospheric air-independent cell fuel-based
propulsion system unveils class 209 PN as the most sophisticated U209 class
submarine ever built.
HDW announced that the first U214 class submarine ordered by the Greek Navy,
named Papanikolis, was launched at HDW shipyards in Kiel, Germany. The three
remaining submarines including one as option will be built by Hellenic Shipyards
Greece ordered 3+1 U214 submarines in 2000 and is refitting three U209
submarines with an atmospheric air-independent propulsion system. U214
submarines are scheduled to be delivered between 2005 and 2010.
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