Saturday, June 16, 2012

Submarine Back in Service After Delayed Refit

One of the Navy's Type 209 submarines returned to duty for the first time since it went into refit in 2009. The work was delayed about one year, after the February 2010 tsunami ravaged the Simpson while it was in a repair dock. Some of its pieces, such as the plotting table (which had been taken to a separate area), have never been found. The refit included new command and control and combat systems. Much of the new electronics suite was provided by Desarrollos de Automatizacion, a Chile-based company that makes military software and components. The upgrades will keep the 27-year-old sub operating for "several more years," a naval officer said. Look for the Simpson and its sister ship, the Thompson, to be in line for replacement in the first 12-year strategic acquisition plan the government puts forward. (More on that in later post.)

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