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- 18 March 2008
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TinWing said:Nearly a decade later, the design was offered to Australia, where it was apparently the preferred bid, losing only to a far less developed Kockums proposal.
The IKL/HDW T.2000 was rated the highest on the initial tender submission but it would be wrong to say it was more developed than the winning Kockums T.471. For example the T.2000 would have needed more modification to carry the US technology Rockwell combat system than the T.471. The T.471 also had a lot more battery power and discretion which was a key consideration for the long range, tropical waters requirement. The real difference between the bids was the engineering capability IKL and HDW held in building and transferring submarine technology compared to Kockums. Balancing that and ultimately winning it for Kockums was their more advanced and modular building technology.