gf0012-aust, I feel no shame in telling you that I know very little about navies and even less about submarines. However, I am willing to learn and have made an effort to at least read up on internet sources.
Originally Posted by gf0012-aust
In my internet searches, I have found an article on Singapore's submarines written by Mokhzani Zubir and published by the Maritime Institute of Malaysia called "SILENT KILLERS IN SHALLOW WATERS: SINGAPORE’S DEADLY SUBMARINE FLEET".
Currently, Singapore operates 4 Challenger or Vastergotland class submarines (which are close to 40 years old) and have 2 second hand AIP capable Vastergotland-class submarines on order (to enter RSN service in 2010). From the way you describe Singapore's submarines and from the article by Mokhzani Zubir, I get the impression that the Malaysian navy is really worried about this 'relatively new' capability for the RSN. Last year, RSN's navy news also announced that a second Singapore submarine commander had passed his Perisher course conducted by the Swedish Navy. So only 2 of our 4 submarine commanders have completed their advanced training.
Mokhzani Zubir said:
"The procurement of the Vastergotland submarines is in line with Singapore’s defence philosophy: to destroy the enemy/aggressor with swift and decisive victory, that is to give the aggressor ‘a knock-out punch in round one.’ The Vastergotland-class submarines will definitely strengthen its pre-emptive deterrent capability against any possible enemy especially within the region.
Singapore’s territorial water is too small, shallow and congested for the submarines to patrol around the island but they are crucially needed to provide seaward defence and protect the sea lanes of communication, the blood veins of Singapore’s survival.
The primary roles of the submarines are to crush enemy’s sea blockade and allow sea denial during crisis or war. With its stealth capability, the Vastergotland-class submarines can suppress enemy surface ships. Further the subs present lethal ambush threats to warships. With its silent underwater maneuver, the submarines could handle frigates or destroyers without much danger of being detected. Another crucial role of these stealth submarines is to provide protection to the Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) during deployment of troops...
It is a known fact that to hunt and detect a submarine effectively requires another submarine. For now, Singapore’s submarine fleet reigns supreme in underwater warfare, ‘unchallenged’ by other Southeast Asian countries. Indeed, without submarines, Malaysia’s and Indonesia’s Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability is limited. But Indonesia has confirmed the purchase of four new submarines from South Korea at a cost of USD270 million each and expects delivery in 2008. And Malaysia will receive two Scorpene-class submarines from France in 2009...
Further the Scorpene will multiply the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Anti Submarine Warfare and this would challenge Singapore’s supremacy in underwater warfare capability. The procurement of the Scorpene has tilted the military power parity scale previously dominated by Singapore...
For the first time in history, Malaysia will posses the ability to wage underwater surprise attack. Indeed, with its high ability to elude detection thus blunders the enemy’s intelligence, the Scorpene submarines would provide Malaysia with an element of strategic surprise. This would leave the adversary wondering when and where the submarines will strike.
Clearly the strategic surprise element will provide a force multiplier effect to Malaysia’s capability in waging conventional warfare. Singapore’s limited maritime power projection capability will be threatened by Malaysia..."
Why are the Malaysians so worried about Singapore's second hand submarines (besides the fact that the RSN has more submarines), when they are going to have brand new ones?
Aren't the 2 Malaysian Scorpene-class submarines brand new? Are the RSN submarines in a different class from the Scorpene-class?
From what I understand, the larger the submarine, the easier it is to implement 'acoustic management measures'. So I would understand that the larger Colins class (from my over simplified point of view) is a different class, from Singapore's and Malaysia's submarines. Is this true?