The German government approved the license of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to supply a Type 209 diesel-electric attack submarine to Egypt. The contract for the delivery of the two Type 209 class submarines to Egypt was signed in 2011. In 2015, Egypt opted to order two additional units of the most recent version of the Type 209 family.
The first Type 209 submarine was delivered to Egypt in December 2016 the second one in August 2017. The contract is planned to be fully implemented with the handover of the fourth submarine in 2021.
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