KD Tunku Abdul Rahman

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Tunku Abdul Rahman at Port Klang, September 2009
Tunku Abdul Rahman at Port Klang, September 2009
Career (Malaysia)
Name: KD Tunku Abdul Rahman
Namesake: Tunku Abdul Rahman
Ordered: June 2002[1]
Builder: DCNS Cherbourg & Navantia, Cartagena
Laid down: December 2003
Launched: October 2007[1]
Commissioned: January 2009[1]
Status: in active service, as of 2012
General characteristics [2]
Class & type: Scorpène-class submarine
Displacement: 1,577 long tons (1,602 t) surfaced
1,711 long tons (1,738 t) submerged
Length: 66.4 m (217 ft 10 in)
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)
Draft: 5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × SEMT-Pielstick 12 PA4 200SM DS diesels
  • 1 × Jeumont Industrie motor
  • 4,700 hp (3,505 kW)
  • 1 shaft
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
20.5 kn (38.0 km/h; 23.6 mph) submerged
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 8 kn (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced
360 nmi (670 km; 410 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: More than 300 m (980 ft)
Complement: 32
Sensors and
processing systems:
I-band navigation radar
Hull mounted, active/passive search and attack, medium frequency sonars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Thales DR 3000 tactical ESM receiver
Armament: 6 x 533-mm torpedo tubes for 18 Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes or SM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles, 30 mines in place of torpedoes

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is a Scorpène-class submarine built for the Royal Malaysian Navy by DCNS in Cherbourg and Navantia in Cartagena, Spain. The fore section was built at DCNS and joined to the aft section, which was built by Navantia.[3]

On 3 September 2009, Tunku Abdul Rahman arrived in Malaysia 54 days after sailing from Toulon for her new home.[4] According to a September 2009 report in Malaysia's English-language The Sun, the submarine is expected to be formally commissioned into the Royal Malaysian Navy in October 2009.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SSK Scorpene Class Attack Submarine". naval-technology.com. 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "KD Tunku Abdul Rahman". Royal Malaysian Navy Official Portal. 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Royal Malaysian Navy". GlobalSecurity.org. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Malaysia's first ever submarine arrives to acclaim". Agence France-Presse. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Dass, Maria J. (3 September 2009). "M'sia's first submarine arrives home". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 


  1. ^ Mahadzir, Dzirhan. "Malaysia targeting 2019 in-service date for littoral combat ship". http://www.janes.com/article/44120/malaysia-targeting-2019-in-service-date-for-littoral-combat-ship. IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. Retrieved 17 November 2014.