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KD Tunku Abdul Rahman


Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine


Malaysia | 2009



"Malaysia operates two of the conventionally-powered French-Spanish Scorpene-class attack submarines including the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman."



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KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is a conventionally-powered attack submarine currently in active service with the Royal Malaysian Navy. The vessel was ordered in June of 2002 and laid down in December of 2003. She was launched in October of 2007 and formally commissioned in January of 2009. The builder was DCNS Cherbourg of France with Navantia of Cartegena, Spain.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman belongs to the Scorpene-class of submarine developed under a joint venture between France and Spain. The entire class currently (2014) numbers four boats with some nineteen having been planned at one point. Four have since been cancelled and two are currently under construction as of this writing. Lacking the power and longevity of competing nuclear-powered brethren seen through world naval powers, the Scorpene-class can be seen as something of a "budget" attack submarine solution marketed to more "budget-conscious" navies of the world. It has been adopted by the navies of Brazil, Chile, India and Malaysia.

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As built, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman displaces 1,600 tons when surfaced and 1,740 tons when submerged. Propulsion is by way of 2 x SEMT-Pielstick 12 PA4 200SM DS diesel engines with 1 x Jeumont Industrie electric motor developing 4,700 horsepower to a single shaft. This arrangement provides the vessels with a top ocean-going speed of 12 knots when surfaced and nearly 21 knots when submerged. Range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles (6,900 miles) surfaced and 360 nautical miles (410 miles) submerged. The boat can reach depths of nearly 1,000 feet. Her entire crew complement numbers 32 sailors and officers. Processing systems include an I-band navigation radar system as well as sonar and a Thales DR3000 tactical Electronic Support Measures (ESM) receiver. ESM is used to detect, identify and locate radiated electromagnetic energy sources emerging from potential undersea, on-sea and oversea threats.

Outwardly, the boat takes on a conventional submarine shape with a rounded bow and tubular hull shape, tapered at the stern. Dive planes are featured along the sides of the sail which is well-contoured to the upper section of the hull and contained various communication and sensor stems. Her length is 217.9 feet with a beam of 20.3 feet and draught of 17.8 feet. A rudder system is identified at the extreme aft of the vessel where the propeller also resides. Finish of the entire boat is of an all-black coating.

As an attack submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is outfitted with 6 x 533mm torpedo tubes with eighteen reloads of "Black Shark" torpedoes manufactured by Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei. These can be replaced with a stock of SM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles or up to thirty naval mines as required.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman arrived in Malaysia during September of 2009 and continues to form a critical, all-modern component of the Malaysian navy.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for KD Tunku Abdul Rahman.
2 x SEMT-Pielstick 12 PA4 200SM DS diesel engines with 1 x Jeumont Industrie electric motor developing 4,700 horsepower to 1 x shaft.
Propulsion
12.0 kts
13.8 mph
Surface Speed
21.0 kts
24.2 mph
Submerged Speed
5,648 nm
6,500 miles | 10,461 km
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of KD Tunku Abdul Rahman.
31
Personnel
Complement
218.0 ft
66.45 meters
O/A Length
20.0 ft
6.10 meters
Beam
19.0 ft
5.79 meters
Draught
1,600
tons
Displacement
1,740
tons
Displacement (Submerged)
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of KD Tunku Abdul Rahman.
6 x Alenia Whithead Black Shark Torpedoes in bow tube launchers. Can be replaced with Aerospatiale SM39 Exocet anti-ship surface-to-surface missiles or up to 30 x naval mines.
Ships-in-Class (19)
Notable series variants as part of the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman family line as relating to the Scorpene-class group.
Carrera (SS-22); O'Higgins (SS-23); KD Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia); KD Tun Abdul Razak (Malaysia); Unnamed Indian Navy (S50); Unnamed Indian Navy (S51); Unnamed Indian Navy (S52); Unnamed Indian Navy (S53); Unnamed Indian Navy (S54); Unnamed Indian Navy (S55); Riachuelo (S40) (Brazil); Humaita (S41) (Brazil); Tonelero (S42) (Brazil); Angostura (S43) (Brazil)
Operators
Global operator(s) of the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of Malaysia

[ Malaysia ]
Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BLUE WATER SERVICE
SUBMERGED ATTACK
MARITIME PATROL
FLEET SUPPORT
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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