Buying submarine is a very political decision. Politics estimate not only defence capabilities but also risk with short and long term commitment to the submarine builders country. Navy, in this game, can only wise advice on technical and operational requirements based on required military capabilities.  This log will contain list of conventional submarines (mainly AIP equipped) which are currently produced by qualified shipyards. PERISCOPE24 believes that some of the GCC countries will choose, in the close future, one of them for own forces. 




Type A26 submarines being built by Saab will serve Swedish Defence as successors to Gotland class submarines. Type A26's mission capabilities include maritime security, covert mine countermeasure, intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, covert in hostile areas, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine-laying, underwater work, and other special operations.


HDW Class 209/1400 -Germany- THYSSEN KRUPP

The HDW Class 209/1400mod submarine is the most recent version of the HDW Class 209 "family" in a line of 63 boats contracted with 14 customer navies. 


The submarines of the first and second batches of HDW Class 212A can rightly be called" the peak of German submarine technology". 


It is well equipped to undertake a wide scope of missions ranging from operations in littoral waters to ocean-going patrols. The modular weapon and sensor mix, in combination with the submarine's air-independent features, makes the HDW Class 214 predestined for anti-surface ship and anti-submarine operations,intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks, Special Forces operations.


HDW Class 216 Submarine is a long-range multi-mission two-deck fuel cell submarine with exceptional endurance. It features two pressure-tight compartments, high crew comfort levels and an extremely flexible payload for weapons and mission-orientated exchangeable equipment enhanced by the innovative Vertical Multi-Purpose Lock (VMPL).



Type 039A/S20

Lada class

210 Class

210 Class


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 The design is expected to be influenced by the export Type 214 submarine or Type 216 submarine, which has been designed for the potential needs of several other navies (Australian, Canadian and Indian). Features can include AIP and a combat system designed by both Atlas Elektronik and ST Electronics. The type 218 also features an "X" rudder "which offers enhanced manoeuvrability in confined littoral waters, as opposed to the Type 214's cruciform rudder arrangement.


The Scorpène class of ships has four subtypes:[the CM-2000 conventional diesel-electric version, the AM-2000 AIP derivative, the downsized CA-2000 coastal submarine, and the enlarged S-BR for the Brazilian Navy without AIP. The Chilean and Malaysian boats are fitted with the TSM 2233 Mk 2 sonar. The class can also be fitted with an 'S-Cube' sonar suite from Thales.

S-1000-Russia/Italy-Rubin Design Bureu/Finnanciera

The submarine is designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, reconnaissance missions, and transportation of up to 12 troops. It is 56.2 meters long, has a top speed of 14 knots and is equipped with a new fuel cell-powered Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system developed by an Italian firm. Designed primarily for exports to third countries, the new submarine will feature an  Italian heavyweight, wire-guided Black Shark torpedoes and the Russian Club-S cruise missile system capable of hitting underwater, surface and land targets.

Soryu / SS 2,900 ton Class JAPAN-

The Sōryū-class submarines (16SS) are diesel-electric attack submarines that entered service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in 2009. The design is an evolution of the Oyashio-class submarine, from which it can most easily be distinguished by its X-shaped tail planes.

Type 039A S20 -CHINA

At IDEX-2013, China revealed a scaled-down version of Type 039A submarine designated as S20, specially intended for export. The main difference between S20 and Type 039A is that the AIP system on the original Type 039A is deleted, but can be available and easily integrated due to modular design of S20, if potential customers choose to purchase AIP systems separately. Due to its modular design, a variety of sensors and weapons can also be easily adopted up on customers' requests.

LADA Class-Russia

The Project 677 or Lada class is a diesel-electric patrol submarine, developed by the Rubin design bureau. It is an improved version of the Kilo class, fitted with an air-independent propulsion and new combat systems. It is claimed that the Lada class is much quieter than its predecessor. It is worth mentioning that the Kilo class achieved respectable export sales. Its major operators are China, India and Iran.

Ula class-210 class - Germany

The entire class was ordered from Thyssen Nordseewerke of Emden on 30 September 1982 in a joint Norwegian and West German programme known in the latter country as Project 210, but the option for another two boats of the class was not, in the event, exercised.

Project 865 Piranha -Russia

Project 865 Piranha (Russian: Проект 865 «Пиранья») is a type of Russian (formerly Soviet) midget submarine.[1] The NATO reporting name for the class is Losos, which means "salmon" in the Russian language.

The Losos class was designed for special operations and engaging surface ships located offshore, and is thus very durable and almost completely silent.


SSK Agosta 90B Class Submarine, France

The Agosta submarines designed by DCN (now DCNS) of France, are currently in service with the French, Spanish and Pakistan navies. The Agosta 90B is an improved version featuring higher performance and a new combat system.


MS200  Midget Submarine, Cina

According to CSIC, the MS200 "adopt the form of the teardrop and single-hull structure. The sail has a three-dimension streamline shape, the steering plane adopts bow hydroplane and cross stern rudder."
Displacing 200 tons, the design has a length of about 30 meters; a breadth of 3.6 meters and a height of 4.4 meters. In terms of performance, its maximum speed is about 8 knots, its submerged range is 120 nautical miles and mixed range about 1500 nautical miles. Its maximum diving depth is 200 meters. Its endurance is 15 days at sea. The service life of the submarine is 25 years.
The submarine can accommodate a crew of 6 sailors plus 8 special forces. Based on the model, MS200 has two torpedo tubes.