The South African Navy purchased three new Type 209/T.1400 class (SSK) submarines,Type 209 is one of the most quietest diesel-electric submarine developed exclusively for export in the late 1960's by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft of Germany.The first submarine, SAS Manthatisi (S101), was built by Howaldtswerke at Kiel. It was launched in June 2004 and commissioned in November 2005. The second and third submarines were built by Thyssen Nordseewerke in Emden. The SAS Charlotte Maxeke (S102) was launched in May 2005 and commissioned in March 2007. The third submarine, SAS Queen Modjadji (S103), was launched in 2006 and commissioned in May 2008.
The submarines' homeport is Simon's Town naval base in Cape Town.
SSK Manthatisi Class (Type 209/1400) Attack Submarine
Displacement: 1,810 t, submerged
Length: 64.4 m
Beam: 6.5 m
Draft: 6.2 m
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, 4 diesels, 1 shaft, 6100 shp
Speed: 11.5 knots (21 km/h), surfaced;
22.5 knots (42 km/h), submerged
Range: 11,000 nmi. at 10 knots, surfaced,
Test depth: 500 m (world record)
Armament: 8 x 21-inch (553 mm) torpedo tubes,