Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hyundai offers custom-designed midget submarine to Thailand

03 March 2015
South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has offered for sale to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) a submarine dubbed the HDS-500RTN.
IHS Jane's understands that HHI recently presented the HDS-500RTN to the RTN's submarine procurement committee, which is continuing to evaluate platforms to meet a requirement to procure up to three submarines before the end of the decade.
Although the specifications of the HDS-500RTN have not been revealed, sources told IHS Jane's that the submarine is a midget platform intended to enable the RTN to operate the submarine in the relatively shallow waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Sources added that the HDS-500RTN was custom designed for Thailand's requirements.

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