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"BIBER" type midget submarines (1944)


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Ships


Names Builders Commissioned Losses Transfers Discarding
more than 324 units

Flenderwerke, Lübeck; Ansaldo, Genoa: more than 324 units

3/1944 - 11.1944: more than 324 units

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none

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100 - 1000 t displacement/ BRT tonnage vessels


Names more than 324 units

Builders

Flenderwerke, Lübeck; Ansaldo, Genoa: more than 324 units

Commissioned

3/1944 - 11.1944: more than 324 units

Losses

unknown

Transfers

none

Discarding unknown


Technical data


Displacement standard, t 
Displacement normal, t

6.3

Length, m

9.04

Breadth, m

1.57

Draught, m

1.37

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 Opel petrol engine / 1 SSW lectric motor

Power, h. p.

32 / 13

Max speed, kts

6.5 / 5.3

Fuel, t

petrol 0.11

Endurance, nm(kts)125(5) / 8.5(5.3)+8(2.5)
Armament

2 - 533 TT (side-drop collars, 2)

Complement

1

Diving depth operational, m20


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<i>Biber</i> 1944
Biber 1944


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Project history

 The first German midget submarines with surface machinery: automobile petrol engine was used. Diving depth was 20m. Lead midget Adam has gone out on trials 29.3.1944. Though about 110 submarines of this type participated in operation, they were considered as extremely unsuccessful because of low endurance and imperfect machinery.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

No significant events.