Egypt should soon exercise an option for two additional Type 209 diesel electric submarines, the French newspaper La Tribune reported on 2 February without revealing its source.

The commander of the Egyptian Navy confirmed in August 2012 that Egypt was in the process of procuring two Type 209 boats, but the order has never been acknowledged by either the German government or manufacturer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

La Tribune said the EUR920 million contract for the first two submarines was signed in mid-2011 and the first boat, which will be armed with Boeing UGM-84 Harpoon Block II missiles, is scheduled to be delivered in 2016. […]