Midget sub is aimed at new buyers

Submarine builder VSEL said this week it is in talks with potential buyers for its Piranha class midget submarine. The likely buyers include countries which do not yet use submarines and could use the Piranha for training and familiarisation, as well as for some more warlike missions. Likely sales targets are in the Far East […]

Submarine builder VSEL said this week it is in talks with potential buyers for its Piranha class midget submarine.

The likely buyers include countries which do not yet use submarines and could use the Piranha for training and familiarisation, as well as for some more warlike missions.

Likely sales targets are in the Far East and Middle East. Countries with submarines which might like to have them include Malaysia and Thailand.

The Piranha would displace 150 tonnes and could carry either two heavyweight 533mm anti-ship or anti-submarine torpedoes or six lightweight 324mm anti-submarine torpedoes.

Piranha could also carry mines or ‘chariot’ swimmer-delivery vehicles for sabotage missions in enemy harbours.