In 2016, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense selected the two finalists for the delivery of its new submarines. Now the cooperation between Norway and Germany has been completed through a joint submarine building program based on the new U212 Common Design or the new CD.
An agreement recently announced by the German shipyard Thysenkrupp Marine Systems confirmed the agreement reached between the military procurement authorities of both countries to acquire six new U212CD submarines, two for Germany and four for Norway.
As recognized by the German shipyard, this is the most important shipbuilding program for TKMS for the next decade, securing the workload in the Kiel shipyard as well as for the German and Norwegian providers of the program.
The approved joint design is based on the U212A, which is in use in Germany and Italy, but into which new technologies are being integrated. If the parliaments of both countries sign the takeover agreement this summer, construction of the first two submersible boats could begin in 2023. Deliveries are planned for Norway from 2029 and for Germany in 2031 and 2034.
TKMS has invested 250 million euros in the modernization of its shipyards in Kiel and in the construction of an international technology center for the construction of submarines with conventional propulsion in Kiel since 2019.
The Norwegian side of the program is mainly the company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace (KDA), which has been working with the Atlas Electronics division of TKMS via the joint venture KTA Naval Systems, which is developing the combat system, since 2017. ORCCA will have the new submarines. In addition, a large number of small and medium-sized Norwegian companies will participate in the program. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: Illustrative infographic of the new U212CD (TKMS)
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